American League Spring Training

February 23, 1993

Angels: Starter Mark Langston has told management he is willing to waive his no-trade clause to pitch for a contender, Los Angeles Times reported. "I'm not going to confirm or deny that," said Arn Tellem, Langston's agent. "Obviously, Mark is extremely frustrated by what's happened. When he signed with the Angels, they were interested in winning and certainly had put themselves in a position to be competitive. . . . The club invited Ray Martinez and Kevin Davis, two non-roster infielders, to camp.

Athletics: Rich Gedman, who signed a minor-league contract, is given a good shot to be the backup catcher. "I'd say he has the inside track with a nice lead," manager Tony La Russa said. "He has everything you look for in that position -- especially with defense." Ex-Orioles prospect Doug Robbins and Henry Mercedes also are vying to become Terry Steinbach's backup.

Blue Jays: The club added catcher Kris Harmes to its spring training roster to fill a void created by Ed Sprague's move to third base. There was a shortage of catchers to handle the pitchers invited to camp.

Brewers: Teddy Higuera, 34, a 20-game winner in 1986, says the pain is finally gone as he attempts to return from shoulder surgery he underwent 1 1/2 years ago. . . . B. J. Surhoff is moving from catcher to third base and Bill Spiers is shifting from shortstop to second base. Surhoff replaces Kevin Seitzer, who signed with Oakland, and Dave Nilsson is expected to take over behind the plate.

Indians: Catcher Sandy Alomar suffered a minor back sprain. The injury is not considered serious, but Alomar will be excused from workouts for a while.

Mariners: Manager Lou Piniella says he decided to leave Cincinnati after last season because the Reds failed to back him two years ago in a dispute with the Major League Umpires Association. "I was left hanging by everyone in the organization," he said. "No one said or did anything to back me up, help me out. It left a bad impression." . . . Left-hander Randy Johnson missed his second consecutive day of workouts because of muscle spasms in his lower back. Trainer Rick Griffin said the injury was not serious.

Rangers: Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, 21, a 1992 All-Star, arrived at the team's training camp four days after pitchers and ++ catchers began working out. He had been tending to personal business.

Red Sox: Infielder Scott Fletcher showed up three days early to his new team and clearly needed time to adjust. He had his bats in a box with former Brewers teammate Robin Yount's name on it and carried a Milwaukee equipment bag which, he said, "is all I have." Fletcher left Milwaukee as a free agent for Boston, where he hopes to win the second base job left vacant by Jody Reed's departure in the expansion draft.

Royals: The first-day turnout yesterday included 25 pitchers -- 22 with major-league experience -- and six catchers. "There's going to be a lot of competition [among pitchers]," manager Hal McRae said. "There's going to be four or five job openings."

Tigers: Manager Sparky Anderson says he's impressed by pitcher Greg Gohr, 25, who was 8-10 with a 3.99 ERA at Triple-A in 1992. "You can tell just by watching him field grounders and work on covering first base that he's an excellent athlete," Anderson said of Gohr, who originally was an outfielder at Santa Clara. "He throws very well."

Twins: Rick Aguilera agreed to the fourth-richest contract ever given a relief pitcher, a two-year extension worth $7.81 million. The average annual value of $3,905,000 for the deal, which covers 1994 and 1995 with a mutual option for 1996, trails the $4,252,625 average of Tom Henke's two-year contract with the Rangers. It is slightly higher than the $3.9 million Dennis Eckersley will average during the next two seasons with the Athletics, but just below the $4 million John Franco will average over the next two seasons with the Mets and Duane Ward will average during the next three seasons with the Blue Jays. "I may have got more money somewhere," Aguilera said. "I realized that most of my success comes from the way I'm used by [manager Tom Kelly]."

White Sox: How's this for good relations? Before Carlton Fisk finally agreed to a minor-league deal worth $650,000 guaranteed plus incentives that max out at about $2 million, owner Jerry Reinsdorf said of the catcher: "He's 45 years old. It's time he grew up. I'm sick and tired of him acting like a baby. He's a prima donna. He must think he's Michael Jackson."

Yankees: After 11 seasons with the Red Sox, Wade Boggs put on his New York pinstripes for the first time. "It's nice to feel wanted again," he said after working out two days before regulars were asked to report. "I didn't feel that last year in Boston."

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