Dwight Gooden and Frank Viola are talking contract again with the New York Mets.
Viola's agent made a counterproposal on a contract extension Wednesday, but the Mets turned it down and said negotiations would continue.Al Harazin, the team's executive vice president, also spoke with Dwight Gooden's agent Jim Neader. Harazin said he would like to meet with Neader this weekend to discuss an extension for Gooden.
Gooden has turned down an offer of $13.8 million over three years and Viola has rejected $12.5 million for three years. Both can become free agents after this season.
There was no news Wednesday in the contract talks between outfielder Bobby Bonilla and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee general manager Harry Dalton said trade talk with the Los Angeles Dodgers involving relief pitcher Dan Plesac are "muted." He characterized reports on the potential trade as "overblown."
Dalton said he hadn't talked to the Dodgers since Monday. Los Angeles also has signed John Candelaria and that move could have taken the edge off the talks.
In the major injury news of the day, Atlanta learned outfielder Lonnie Smith would be sidelined for 2-4 weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. General manager John Schuerholz said that Smith's injury improves the chances of Deion Sanders, the Atlanta Falcons defensive back trying to win a spot on the Braves' roster.
In exhibition games:
Orioles 17, Dodgers 9
At Vero Beach, Fla., Fernando Valenzuela was pounded for eight runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings. Craig Worthington, Randy Milligan and Mike Devereaux all hit three-run homers for the visiting Orioles.
Twins 10, Phillies 4
At Fort Myers, Fla., Chili Davis had his second straight two-homer game, hitting a solo shot off Jose DeJesus in the second and a two-run homer off Darrel Akerfelds in the seventh.
Red Sox 9, Reds 4
At Winter Haven, Fla., Jack Clark and Ellis Burks homered on consecutive pitches by Norm Charlton in the fourth inning.
Astros 2, Cardinals 1
At Kissimmee, Fla., Luis Gonzalez singled in the winning run in the ninth inning. Eric Anthony singled with one out off Ken Hill, and Gerald Young pinch ran and stole second before Gonzalez singled. Curt Schilling got the victory with a perfect ninth inning.
Braves 2, Yankees 0
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Charlie Leibrandt, Doug Sisk and Kent Mercker combined on a two-hitter, and Andres Thomas and Greg Olson hit run-scoring singles.
Blue Jays 8, Tigers 7
At Lakeland, Fla., Jeff Kent singled in Jerry Schunk with the go-ahead run in the 13th inning. Don Vesling pitched the last four innings for Detroit, giving up four hits. Jim Acker pitched the last two innings for Toronto, allowing two hits.
Mets 6, Expos 1
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., David Cone pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Hubie Brooks hit a two-run homer in the first inning as the Mets beat the Montreal Expos.
Pirates 10, Rangers 4
At Port Charlotte, Fla., hot-hitting Carmelo Martinez homered and doubled to drive in three runs, and John Smiley pitched five scoreless innings as Pittsburgh defeated Texas. Martinez is 12 for 25 in his last seven games.
Brewers 1, Athletics 0
At Chandler, Ariz., Franklin Stubbs singled in Robin Yount in the sixth inning in a game called one out later because of rain. Mark Knudson allowed two hits in two shutout innings.
Indians 5, Mariners 4
At Tucson, Ariz., Keith Comstock's ninth-inning throwing error allowed the tying run to score, and Wayne Kirby followed with the game-winning single. Cleveland, which won its fifth straight, trailed 4-3 entering the ninth.
Cubs 5, Angels 3
At Palm Springs, Calif., Luis Salazar hit his team-leading third home run to break a 2-2 tie. Salazar is batting .424 this spring with 14 hits in 33 at-bats.