Baseball's best two-sport player is now a $2 million man.
Bo Jackson avoided a hearing scheduled for today when he agreed Monday with Kansas City on a one-year contract worth $2,375,000.Jackson, who just finished the fourth season of a five-year, $7.4 million contract with the Los Angeles Raiders, had lost in arbitration last year and was paid $1 million instead of the $1,900,001 he had wanted.
"He's improved every year, and we believe he will continue to get better," Kansas City general manager Herk Robinson said. "I think he's going to have a heck of a year."
The 28-year-old outfielder was limited to 111 games because of injuries last season and hit .272 with 28 home runs and 78 RBIs. He was hurt again in the NFL playoffs, injuring his right hip in the Raiders' 20-10 second-round victory over Cincinnati on Jan. 13.
Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl team but was unable to play in the Feb. 3 game because of the injury.
"The injury, in non-technical terms, is a soft-tissue injury," Robinson said. "It is not considered serious. There was no bone or ligament damage."
Jackson's settlement was 64 percent of the difference between the $2.7 million he sought and the $1.8 million Kansas City offered.
Meanwhile, the Royals avoided another arbitration hearing by signing outfielder Danny Tartabull to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million late Monday night. Tartabull, who made $1.65 million last year, had been asking for $2.6 million in arbitration. The Royals had offered $1.75 million.
Because of injuries, Tartabull played in only 88 games last season. He hit 15 home runs and had 60 RBIs.
Three other players settled Monday and two had hearings, leaving 10 remaining in arbitration.
Milwaukee second baseman Jim Gantner had the first hearing in Brewers' history. He asked arbitrator Daniel Collins for $2 million, while the team offered $1 million.
Outfelder Cory Snyder went before first-time arbitrator Nicholas Zumas asking for $1.02 million. The Chicago White Sox offered $800,000.
In other settlements, Cleveland right-hander Eric King agreed to $1.45 million, a $995,000 raise; Chicago outfielder Dan Pasqua agreed to $800,000, a $425,000 raise, and Atlanta outfielder Oddibe McDowell agreed to $925,000, a $235,000 raise.
Also, the New York Mets said they would issue a statement within a day or two on the team's negotiations with Dwight Gooden and Frank Viola. Gooden has said that if he does not get a contract extension by Friday that approximates Roger Clemens' $21.5 million, four-year deal with Boston, he will become a free agent following the season.