Relief pitcher Willie Hernandez says he will accept a $4.5-million contract offer with Detroit Tigers if the baseball club meets two conditions.
One of the conditions for signing the four-year pact, he said yesterday in Puerto Rico, is that the club establish a 12-year system of deferred payments. He also wants the team to guarantee, during the last two years of the pact, that his salary will remain at least equal to salary of other Tiger pitchers. ” would sign the contract right now, if Detroit accepts a clause to pay me in the last two years the same money that whatever free agent signs that surpasses my salary,”he said. ” want the deferred payments to assure the future of myself and my family.” Hernandez, who had 32 saves and a 1.92 earned-run average in leading the Tigers to the American League pennant and the World Series title, has been seeking a four-year contract for $5-million. The lefthander would become a free agent March 15 unless he signs with Detroit. U. L. Washington will be sent to the Montreal Expos by the Kansas City Royals, according to a report in The Kansas City Star.
The report says the Royals will pay half of Washington’s $650,000 salary for 1985. In return, the Royals will get two minor-league players – Ken Baker, a 29-year-old outfielder, and Michael Kinnuenen, a 26-year-old left-handed pitcher.
Washington, 31, made his major-league debut with the Royals in September, 1977. The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Bill Stein from the Texas Rangers in a conditional trade that hinges on the utility infielder passing a physical examination.
Pirate executive vice president Harding Peterson said Stein, who was injured for most of the 1984 season, will have his back examined in Pittsburgh by team orthopedist Dr. Jack Failla on Wednesday and Thursday.
If Stein passes the physical, the Rangers will choose one player from a group agreed upon by both teams, Peterson said.
Stein, 37, batted .279 in 27 games with Texas in 1984 with no homers and three runs batted in.
Hoyt Wilhelm and Lou Brock are the most likely candidates to be elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame today.
Jim Bunning and James (Catfish) Hunter, two outstanding right-handed pitchers who have each tossed a perfect game, are also expected to receive substantial support, as are second baseman Nelson Fox and World Series standout Mickey Lolich.
Wilhelm pitched for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles,Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers during a 21-year career that started in 1952. He had a lifetime 143-122 won-lost record and a 2.52 career earned- run erage.
Brock’s had more than 3,000 hits and amassed the major-league record 938 stolen bases for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. He also set a record, since broken by Rickey Henderson, with 118 stolen bases in a season. –