Mark Grace went into last season knowing that because baseball's new labor contract, he would be eligible for salary arbitration earlier than before. And, he made the most of it.
Grace, along with Kal Daniels, tripled their salaries Monday when they agreed to one-year contracts and avoided arbitration.Grace, who made $325,000 in 1990, agreed with the Chicago Cubs at $1.2 million. He batted .309 with nine home runs and 82 RBIs.
The 26-year-old first baseman was one of the players with between two and three years of major league service who became eligible for arbitration this year because of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Daniels and the Los Angeles Dodgers settled at $2,025,000. The 27-year-old outfielder made $600,000 last season, when he batted .296 with 27 home runs and 94 RBIs.
Shortstop Kurt Stillwell doubled his salary, settling with the Kansas City Royals at $1.28 million, a raise of $485,000. Houston and infielder-outfielder Casey Candaele settled at $350,000, a raise of $227,500. The two signings reduced the number of arbitration cases to 82.
Reliever Charlie Kerfeld agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers, as did catcher Mike Stanley. The Baltimore Orioles agreed to minor-league contracts with Roy Smith, 5-10 for Minnesota last season, and pitcher Israel Sanchez.