Center fielder Devon White and the Toronto Blue Jays reached terms yesterday on a one-year contract for $750,000.

After being acquired from the Angels in December, he sought $885,000 in arbitration; the Blue Jays offered $650,000. He made $580,000 with the Angels last season, hitting .217 with 11 homers, 44 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

The agreement leaves 135 players headed for arbitration with hearings scheduled Feb. 1-15.

White, an outstanding fielder, once seemed on the verge of becoming one of baseball's best all-around players. He hit .263 with 24 home runs and 87 RBI in 1987. . . .

Former Detroit Tigers general manager Bill Lajoie, 56, said he accepted a job with the Atlanta Braves "because they were willing to give me the opportunity to see baseball at all levels."

That is something he thought he was missing with the Tigers, sources said, especially after Joe McDonald took over his farm system duties in 1986.

Lajoie will be a super scout and special assistant to General Manager John Schuerholz. Lajoie, who signed a one-year contract, will start his new job Feb. 1. . . .

Catcher Rick Cerone, 36, stayed in New York by signing a one-year contract with the Mets. He says he understands he'll be the team's third catcher.

The Yankees waived him Jan. 14 after he played 31 games last season. He would be the 42nd player to play for both the Mets and Yankees.

A .243 career hitter with seven major league teams dating to 1975, he had surgery last June 10 on his left knee. He returned to the active roster Aug. 11 and played 27 games thereafter. He is still being paid by the Yankees. . . .

The Kansas City Royals signed onetime Braves phenom Paul Zuvella to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

The Royals also signed Jim Campbell, Mike Magnante and Jorge Pedre, who are on their 40-man roster.