Orel Hershiser, who won the NL Cy Young Award and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1988, is returning to the team. He agreed yesterday to a one-year contract worth about $2 million, with the Dodgers holding an option for 2001.

"I'm elated, I just can't wait," Hershiser said. "It's a sweet, sweet possible ending to my career. I've been having my last season for probably the last five years. Everyone, including my wife and kids, has been writing me off."

Hershiser, 41, was with Los Angeles from 1983 to '94. He then pitched three years for the Indians, one for the Giants and one for the Mets. He went 13-12 with a 4.58 earned run average in 32 starts last season, then briefly explored whether any teams wanted him as a manager.

Hershiser, who has a 203-145 record, was 23-8 in 1988 with a 2.26 ERA and 15 complete games. He went 1-0 in the NL Championship Series against the Mets and 2-0 in the World Series against the A's.

Hershiser had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder early in the 1990 season and returned to action in May 1991.

A VOTE FOR POKEY: Ken Griffey Sr. agrees with the Reds' decision not to give up 2B Pokey Reese and to pull out of trade talks for Ken Griffey Jr.

Reds GM Jim Bowden abandoned talks with the Mariners last weekend, saying the Mariners hadn't changed their bargaining stance in weeks. The Mariners wanted Reese, the Reds' Gold Glove second baseman, in any deal with Cincinnati.

"I totally understand where Jim Bowden is coming from because if I was making the decision, there's no way I'd give up Pokey Reese," Griffey Sr., a coach with the Reds, was quoted as saying in yesterday's editions of the Cincinnati Post.

"There's just no way. You've got to be strong up the middle, and you can't weaken yourself that way. Pokey is an amazing second baseman, and anyone who has watched him knows it."

COLLINS TO CUBS: Former Angels manager Terry Collins was hired as the major league advance scout for the Cubs. Collins resigned under pressure as Anaheim's manager in September with his team in last place in the American League West.

SERVAIS TO COLORADO: The Rockies agreed to a minor league contract with C Scott Servais, who hit .273 with five homers and 21 RBI for the Giants last season. Servais, 32, rejoins Brent Mayne, another former Giant, who agreed Dec. 9 to a $4.15 million, two-year deal with the Rockies.