The New York Mets have won their arbitration case against right-hander Dwight Gooden, leaving him with a salary of $1.4 million for the 1988 season.
Gooden, 15-7 last season with a 3.21 earned run average, had asked for $1.65 million. He made $1.5 million in 1987, a season in which he missed nearly two months due to drug rehabilitation.
Gooden proved to be the only Met who went to arbitration . . .
Frank Tanana won his arbitration case with the Detroit Tigers and was awarded $1.1 million. Detroit had offered the left-hander $800,000. "It was a pretty good year and one that the arbitrator felt was a million-dollar season," Tanana said.
It was the sixth highest award since the arbitration process started in 1974.
The Detroit native went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA last season, his highest victory total since 1984, when he was 15-15 with the Texas Rangers . . .
The Philadelphia Phillies signed shortstop Steve Jeltz to a one-year, $215,000 contract, reaching agreement 45 minutes after the scheduled start of an arbitration hearing.
Phillies spokesman Larry Shenk said the parties never went to arbitration, which was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in New York.