Following two years of bitter salary negotiations, Wally Joyner finally got to where he wanted - salary arbitration.
Joyner, who reached the required three years of major-league service in 1988, Tuesday became the second player to file for salary arbitration. Shortstop Dickie Thon of San Diego filed last week. Players can file through Monday.Meanwhile, three players who were eligible to file Tuesday agreed to one-year contracts.
Catcher Mike Fitzgerald and the Montreal Expos agreed on $335,000, the same salary he earned in 1988. Pitcher Ken Howell and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year contract for $225,000, a $10,000 raise. Pitcher Pat Clements and the San Diego Padres agreed to a one-year contract for $205,000, a $20,000 cut.
Also Tuesday, free-agent pitcher Matt Young agreed to a one-year deal with Oakland. Young became free agent Dec. 20 when Oakland failed to tender a new contract.
Joyner threatened to hold out last year after negotiations broke down and he reported late to spring training. In March, the Angels renewed his contract for $340,000, a raise from the $180,000 he made in 1987. He made $65,000 as a rookie in 1986.
"The lack of negotiations have been extremely frustrating," said Barry Axelrod, Joyner's agent. "We have not been able to elicit a meaningful offer of any kind from the Angels. Finally, there's a method of getting a good faith offer."
Mike Port, the Angels general manager, didn't want to discuss Joyner's negotiations.
"We're talking to a lot of players with respect to their individual contracts," Port said. "We're hoping to amicably satisfy players and their agents, but their will be no comments with regard to individual contracts until we have a signing to announce."
Joyner, 26, batted .295 last season with 13 homers and 85 runs batted in. In 1987 he hit .285 with 34 homers and 117 RBI. As a rookie, he batted .290 with 22 homers and 100 RBI.