Canseco reaches tentative deal in assault case American League notes

March 20, 1992

Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco and prosecutors reached a tentative agreement in his aggravated assault case yesterday in Miami, lawyers said in court after he pleaded innocent to the charge.

Terms of the agreement were not made public, but it could

prevent the assault case from going to trial, prosecutor Margaret Rosenbaum said.

Police arrested Canseco, 27, for aggravated battery Feb. 13 after a heated early-morning argument in which he rammed his Porsche into his wife's BMW twice, then got out and spit on her car window.

Prosecutors, however, filed a lesser charge of aggravated assault against Canseco because there was no physical contact during the fight.

His lawyer, Claire Tacher, entered an innocent plea on the charge, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Canseco, who was not in court, remains free on a $5,000 cash bond while he trains in Arizona.

* RED SOX: Wade Boggs, a .345 career hitter, is batting .136 in seven exhibition games.

The five-time AL batting champion remained at Chain O' Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., for extra batting practice rather than travel to Fort Lauderdale to play the New York Yankees. He plans to take more batting practice today rather than play against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Vero Beach.

"That's the luxury of spring training. You come down here, work on things and get things ready for the regular season," Boggs said. "If I ever had to make a club in spring training, I don't think I ever would."

Boggs had the same problem last year, hitting .253 in exhibition games hitting .332 during the season, second-best in the major leagues.

* BREWERS: After months of negotiations, catcher B.J. Surhoff finally agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.

Surhoff had agreed on Jan. 20 to a one-year contract worth $2.15 million, but the sides kept talking about a multiyear deal. The new contract replaces the earlier deal.

Surhoff, who would have eligible for free agency after the season, hit .271 with 28 home runs and 288 RBIs during his first five years with the Brewers. He hit .289 with five homers and 68 RBIs last season.

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