Joe Carter and Tim Teufel won their salary arbitration hearings Saturday and players ended with a 7-5 edge, the first time they've finished ahead of owners since 1981.
Owners still lead 154-125 in the 14-year history of arbitration. Last year, owners won 11-7. The 12 cases this winter were the fewest since 1984.Also Saturday, Andy Van Slyke and Pittsburgh agreed to a three-year $5.5 million contract. The sides reached settlement after Van Slyke dropped his demand to be paid during an owners' lockout in 1990.
Carter was awarded $1.63 million by arbitrator Frederick Reel, rather than the $1.15 million offered by the Cleveland Indians. The $480,000 difference was the most of any case decided by an arbitrator.
Carter made $840,000 in 1988 and batted .271 with 27 homers and 98 runs batted in.
Teufel, who played hurt much of last season, was given $590,000 by arbitrator Richard Bloch, rather than the $470,000 the New York Mets offered. Teufel hit .234 last season with four homers and 31 RBI in 273 at-bats.
Van Slyke, who was scheduled for a Monday hearing in Tampa, Fla., agreed to that will pay him a $600,000 signing bonus and salaries of $1.95 million in 1989 and 1991 and $1 million in 1990, a season that could be disrupted by a players' strike or owners' lockout.
Pittsburgh and Van Slyke had agreed on a $5.5 million deal in early January, but Van Slyke had wanted a guarantee that he would be paid in the event of a lockout. In the end, he settled for neutral language, that neither provides nor doesn't provide for payment.
"At this stage, Andy was out there all by himself, fighting a battle that was not appropriate for an individual, but should be fought by the group," said Dick Moss, Van Slyke's agent. "Secondly, what he did wasn't going to have much of an effect at this point."
By prorating Van Slyke's bonus over three years, his 1989 salary of $2.15 million will make him the 20th major leaguer to earn $2 million this season.
Van Slyke batted .284 last season with 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He had threatened to become a free agent and leave the Pirates after this season if Pittsburgh did not agree to a mutliyear deal.