Dunston gets $2.1 million for one year


January 12, 1991

Shortstop Shawon Dunston agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs yesterday and avoided going to arbitration for a second straight year.

A year ago, an arbitrator awarded him a one-year contract for $1.25 million.

Dunston, 27, batted .262 in 1990, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 66 runs. He made the National League All-Star team for the second time.

His average dropped 16 points from his career high of .278 in 1989, but his home-run total matched his high in 1986. He had 68 RBI that year.

Dunston will be eligible for free agency after the 1991 season.

* METS: Dave Magadan has been a starter for less than a season. That made him particularly happy with his new contract.

"Given that I've only been an everyday player for four months, I think it's a good number I reached," Magadan said after he and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million. That's more than triple his 1990 salary of $395,000.

"I wanted a chance to get it done early," Magadan said. "You never know what's going to happen in arbitration. We didn't want to take it down to the wire."

The 28-year-old first baseman was third in the National League last season with a .328 batting average, the second-highest in Mets history behind Cleon Jones' .340 in 1969. Magadan had 28 doubles, six triples, 72 RBI and 74 walks.

He didn't play regularly until June and had just three RBI in the first two months of the season. When Mike Marshall got hurt, manager Bud Harrelson put Magadan in the lineup every day.

* INDIANS: The outfield fences at Cleveland Stadium will be moved back for next season, the club announced.

The left-field fence will be pushed back 13 feet to 390 feet, the center-field fence goes back 15 feet to 415 and the right-field fence will go back five feet to 390.

In addition, the Indians will add a 16-foot-high wall to a 36-foot-long area in straightaway center field. The rest of the outfield fence will remain at 8 feet.

* ANGELS: Infielder Rick Schu agreed to a one-year contract worth $330,000, a raise of $155,000.

Schu, 28, played in 61 games last season and batted .268 with six homers and 14 RBIs. He was sent to the Angels' farm team in Edmonton twice and batted .300 with one homer and eight RBI in 18 games for the Trappers.

California also agreed to a one-year deal with 24-year-old right-hander Mike Erb.

Erb split time last season between Edmonton and Midland in the Angels' farm system. He was 5-5 overall, with a 4.51 ERA in 22 appearances, including 20 starts.

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