Bobby Bonilla lost his bid for a record arbitration award yesterday, while outfielders Ellis Burks and Ruben Sierra avoided hearings by agreeing to one-year deals.
Bonilla wanted $3.475 million in arbitration, but instead will make $2.4 million from Pittsburgh this season.
Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek won his case with the Pirates on Thursday and was awarded a record $3.35 million in arbitration. Bonilla's $2.4 million became the second-higest total in arbitration history.
While it was a victory of sorts for the Pirates, they may lose in the long run because he will be eligible for free agency after this season.
Their final offer before Thursday's hearing was $15.5 million for four years. Bonilla, who made $1.25 million last season, is gambling he'll be worth even more on the open market after the season.
He moved from third base to right field last season and helped the Pirates win the NL East title by hitting .280 with 32 homers and 120 RBI.
The Pirates argued their case against National League MVP Barry Bonds on Friday. Second baseman Jose Lind's case will be heard on Wednesday.
Bonds wants $3.3 million and the Pirates offered $2.3 million. Lind asked $950,000 and the Pirates offered $575,000.
The owners hold a 5-4 advantage in arbitration cases settled this year. There are 19 cases pending.
Boston avoided arbitration with Burks, signing the center fielder to a one-year contract for $1.825 million. He was the last of eight Red Sox players who filed for arbitration, and his case was scheduled to be heard on Monday.
"We are delighted to have Ellis signed for 1991 since he is such a vital part of the team," General Manager Lou Gorman said.
Burks, an American League all-star and Gold Glove winner last season, batted .296 with 21 home runs and 89 RBI in 152 games.
Incentive clauses give Burks the opportunity to add $50,000 to his income. He will receive $25,000 if he plays in 142 games or has 575 plate appearances, and another $25,000 if he plays in 147 games or makes 600 plate appearances.
Sierra, 25, and Texas agreed to a one-year, $2,625,000 contract, a $1 million raise over last year. He had asked for $3.1 million and the Rangers countered with a $2 million offer.
He had an off-year in 1990 -- .280, 16 home runs, 97 RBI -- after hitting .306 with 29 homers and a league-leading 119 RBI in 1989. He also had a league-high 10 errors in right field.
His agents and team officials feared that listening to criticisms of his performance during a hearing would have hurt his pride and performance.
"He's a very prideful guy," said Wayne Krivsky, Rangers assistant general manager. "But that goes both ways. How Ruben might have responded certainly was a consideration in getting this settled. It had some weight."
Also, the Seattle Mariners signed pitchers Rich DeLucia and Brent Knackert.