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McGwire signs for $1.5-million

Oakland's Mark McGwire tripled his salary to $1.5-million on Thursday and Jeff Parrett of the Philadelphia Phillies settled on a one-year contract just before his arbitration hearing was to begin in New York. McGwire, the Athletics first baseman who made $455,000 last season, had been scheduled for a hearing today. He had asked for $1.725-million while the team had been offering $1-million.

In 1989, McGwire batted .231 with 33 homers and 95 RBI.

Parrett, 12-6 last season, agreed to a one-year contract for $650,000, a raise of $438,000.

Fifteen players remain in arbitration, including five scheduled for hearings today - shortstop Shawon Dunston of the Cubs, outfielder Ivan Calderon of the White Sox, third baseman Terry Pendleton of the Cardinals and outfielders Barry Bonds of the Pirates and Lonnie Smith of the Braves.

Several players in arbitration reached agreements on one-year deals late Wednesday night. Texas outfielder Ruben Sierra agreed to $1.625-million. His 1989 salary was $357,500.

Toronto first baseman and Tampa native Fred McGriff settled for

$1.45-million. His 1989 salary was $325,000.

Cincinnati pitcher Jose Rijo settled at $630,000, a $172,500 raise, and Montreal outfielder Dave Martinez agreed to $410,000, a $225,000 raise.

The San Francisco Giants agreed to contracts with three players not eligible for arbitration - pitcher Jeff Brantley ($170,000), and infielders Chuck Jackson ($65,000 in minors, $30,000 above minimum in majors) and Greg Litton ($56,000 in minors, $22,000 above minimum in majors).