Carl Barger says he wants to talk a multiyear deal with Bobby Bonilla. The outfielder's agent doesn't believe it.
"We're going to try to get the flavor of their current thinking," Barger said Sunday."For the last six months, I've kept hearing that Carl Barger is going to call and offer this and offer that," said Bonillia's agent, Dennis Gilbert. "As far as I'm concerned, I don't believe any of it. If he's got an offer to make, he has my home number, he has my office number. Let him call and make it and I'll respond accordingly."
Bonilla, who has played for the National League in each of the past three All-Star games, is eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season. He rejected Pittsburgh's $16 million, four-year offer and a $3.1 million, one-year offer and went to arbitration.
He had asked for $17.9 million over four years and $3.2 million for a one-year deal. Instead, he lost his case and will make $2.4 million in 1990. Bonilla said his price has gone up since the hearing.
"That was before they took me to arbitration," Bonilla said. "It's a different story now. I'm not going to say how much I want because all along I've said I'm not going to start negotiating in the newspapers, and I'm sticking to it. The Pittsburgh Pirates are good at throwing figures through the papers, but I don't think it's fair to the public. I think the fans just want to know if Bobby is still going to be with the Pirates."
Also Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers cut 1988 World Series hero Mickey Hatcher and sent pitcher John Wetteland to the minors.
In other cuts, the Chicago White Sox sent pitcher Grady Hall and infielder Bobby Meacham to their minor league camp for reassigment and offered pitcher Brian Harrison back to Montreal. Chicago claimed Harrison in December during the major league draft for $50,000 and had to keep him on the active roster during the 1991 season or else offer him back to the Expos for $25,000.
In game action:
Dodgers 8, Braves 1
At Vero Beach, Fla., Bob Ojeda allowed one run and five hits and struck out seven in six innings, and Juan Samuel drove in four runs. Darryl Strawberry, who had been out since March 11 with a strained right hamstring, returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a third-inning single off Tony Castillo.
Cardinals 4, Blue Jays 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jamie Moyer, Scott Terry, Tim Sherrill and Mike Perez combined on a four-hitter as St. Louis sent the Blue Jays to their eighth loss in nine games. Dave Stieb (0-3) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
Yankees * 9, Mets * 3
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jim Leyritz hit a sixth-inning grand slam off loser Blaine Beatty as the Yankees rallied. The Mets had taken a 3-1 lead in the sixth on RBI doubles by Mark Carreon and Mackey Sasser off Dave Eiland.
Reds 3, Mets * 0
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mariano Duncan had four hits and drove in two runs and Tom Browning combined with Ted Power, Gino Minutelli and Randy Myers on a three-hitter. The Mets have scored just four runs in their last 36 innings.
Yankees * 2, Expos 1
At West Palm Beach, Fla., second baseman Bret Barberie's error with two outs in the 12th inning allowed Pat Kelly to score from third base. Scott Ruskin walked Kelly with the bases loaded in the sixth to put New York ahead, but Montreal tied the score in the ninth on Delino DeShields' sacrifice fly.
Pirates 4, Phillies 2
At Bradenton, Fla., Doug Drabek allowed one hit in five innings and Ty Gainey, Curtis Wilkerson and Jeff Schulz hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the seventh inning.
Royals 12, Astros 7
At Kissimmee, Fla., Russ Morman tripled with the bases loaded as Kansas City rallied for seven runs in the final two innings. Terry Shumpert's two-out double off Brian Meyer tied the score at 6 in the eighth. Brian McRae gave Kansas City the lead with an RBI single and Mark Thurmond allowed five runs in the ninth.
White Sox 9, Orioles 0
At Sarasota, Fla., Alex Fernandez, Wayne Edwards, Roberto Hernandez and Scott Radinsky combined on a three-hitter and Dan Pasqua drove in three runs. Fernandez allowed one hit in six innings and struck out seven, retiring the first 13 Orioles he faced.
Red Sox 8, Rangers 6
At Port Charlotte, Fla., Dana Kiecker stretched his scoreless innings streak to 12 as Boston took a six-run lead and held on. Kiecker (3-0) allowed three hits, struck out two and walked three. Jeff Plympton gave up four runs in 1 2-3 innings before Daryl Irvine and Rob Murphy finished up.
Twins 8, Tigers 6
At Fort Myers, Fla., Carmelo Castillo homered twice and J.T. Bruett broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single. Scott Lusader's three-run double gave Detroit a 6-4 lead in the sixth. Kirby Puckett hit an RBI single in the seventh and Nelson Liriano's bases-loaded single off Paul Gibson in the eighth tied the score.
Indians 11, Athletics 4
At Tucson, Ariz., Albert Belle hit his second three-run homer in three days - his fourth home run of the spring - and Greg Swindell pitched six strong innings. Greg Swindell (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits, struck out three and walked none.
Cubs 8, Giants 3
At Mesa, Ariz., rookie outfielder Mark Leonard homered and drove in four runs. George Bell gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first, but San Francisco scored three runs in the third inning off Greg Maddux.
Padres 3, Brewers 2
At Yuma, Ariz., Garry Templeton's pinch-hit single snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. Thomas Howard opened the inning with a single, moved up on Marty Barrett's single, stole third and scored on Templeton's single off Mark Lee.
Mariners 4, Angels 3
At Palm Springs, Calif., Chuck Jackson singled in the go-ahead run off Bryan Harvey in the ninth inning. Randy Johnson, who had allowed one hit in two previous spring appearances, gave up a run-scoring triple to Luis Sojo in the first and a solo homer to Lance Parrish in the second.