American League MVP Robin Yount agreed Tuesday to a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for $9.6-million, two months and a day after the team first announced the deal had been reached. Yount becomes the 10th player in baseball to average $3-million per season, joining teammate Paul Molitor, who agreed to a three-year, $9.1-million contract on Tuesday.
That gives the Brewers, who play in one of baseball's smallest markets, two of the highest-paid players in the game.
Yount will receive a $1.5-million signing bonus and then get annual base salaries of $2.7-million in 1990, 1991 and 1992 with $1.44-million of each year's base deferred with interest.
His contract ties that of Mark Langston of California as the fourth largest in baseball behind those of Will Clark of San Francisco, Dave Stewart of Oakland and Mark Davis of Kansas City.
Yount, 34, won his second MVP award last season despite the team's 81-81 record. He batted .318 with 21 homers and 103 RBI.
Around the majors
Campanella undergoes surgery: Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, hospitalized since Dec. 30 due to complications from diabetes, underwent surgery in Los Angeles for removal of gallstones.
Campanella, 68, remains in serious condition and in the intensive care unit at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
Campanella played with the then-Brooklyn Dodgers for 10 seasons and was their starting catcher for the final nine and a member of the National League All-Star team each of those nine years.
Pirates: Left-hander John Smiley won his arbitration case. He was awarded a 1990 salary of $840,000, or more than triple his 1989 salary of $230,000. The Pirates had offered $630,000.
Reds: Left-handed reliever Tim Birtsas and outfielder Hal Morris have agreed to one-year contracts. Terms were not revealed.
Red Sox: Pitcher Charlie Puleo has agreed to sign a minor-league contract with the team. The right-hander spent last season between the Atlanta Braves and Class AAA Richmond.
Dodgers: Free-agent right-hander Don Aase, 35, has agreed to a one-year contract with Albuquerque, the Dodgers' Class AAA team.
Mariners: Reached agreements on one-year contracts with pitchers Keith Comstock, Dennis Powell and Cling Zavaras, and infielder Rich Renteria.
Orioles: Signed free agent first baseman Sam Horn to a minor-league contract. Horn, 26, spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox.