California Angels first baseman Wally Joyner signed a one-year contract Friday, thus avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
Joyner, 26, will receive $920,000. He had requested a salary of $965,000 for this season while the Angels had offered $750,000.The parties had discussed a multi-year contract but weren't able to come to an agreement for more than one year.
The left-handed hitting Joyner hit .295 with 13 home runs and 85 runs-batted-in last season, his third in the big leagues. He played in a career-high 158 games and had 176 hits while striking out only 51 times.
In 1986, Joyner hit .290 with 27 homers and 100 RBI and finished second to Oakland's Jose Canseco in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting. In 1987, Joyner hit .285 with 34 homers and 117 RBI.
"We're quite pleased that a settlement has been reached without involving the arbitration process," Angels' GM Mike Port said.