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Salmon may sign $7.2-million deal

The California Angels are expected to sign rightfielder Tim Salmon to a four-year contract today that will make him the highest-paid second-year player in baseball history.

Salmon is expected to receive about $7.2-million, topping the record set last month by Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza, who signed a three-year, $4.2-million contract.

Salmon, 25, the league's 1993 rookie of the year, will become the Angels' highest-paid position player. He said he is close to the deal after meeting with with Angels general manager Bill Bavasi on Wednesday. Salmon, 25, batted .283 last season with 31 homers and 95 RBI.

Around the camps

BOSTON: Mike Greenwell's bid to negotiate a long-term contract extension ended in failure. Greenwell, who earned $3.075-million last season and will get the same salary this year, said he asked for a salary similar to that of Minnesota's Kirby Puckett or Will Clark of Texas _ each of whom will earn more than $4-million in 1994. The team was unable to conclude deals with three key younger players: third baseman Scott Cooper, pitcher Aaron Sele and first baseman Mo Vaughn. Boston said it will renew the contract of any player unsigned by 2 p.m. today. Pitcher Ken Ryan signed a one-year deal worth $170,000.

CALIFORNIA: Bo Jackson struck out in both his at-bats during an intra- squad game. Chad Curtis, Garret Anderson and Nelson Simmons hit home runs, and Damion Easley, coming back from an injury-marred rookie season, drove in two runs with a pair of singles. Rookie Bruce Egloff was the only Angels pitcher to work a 1-2-3 inning.

CHICAGO: Retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan is scheduled to play today in the intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The game is scheduled to start at noon and tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for children. Jordan will not be in the starting lineup for Friday's exhibition opener against Texas but may play, manager Gene Lamont said.

MILWAUKEE: The hitters outshone the pitchers in the first intrasquad game. During a three-hour-plus session in which 11 pitchers were used, the hitters combined for 33 hits and scored 15 runs. B.J. Surhoff got a double and run-scoring triple, and John Jaha, Tom Brunansky and Brian Harper collected two hits apiece. Juan Bell had a pair of triples, Jose Valentin tripled and singled home a run and Duane Singleton had two singles and a double. But not all the pitchers had trouble. Cal Eldred tossed two scoreless innings, and Bob Scanlan, Mike Fetters and Joe Wagner pitched one scoreless inning each. Third baseman Kevin Seitzer had to leave after suffering a slight pull of his left quadriceps.

NEW YORK: The Yankees avoided arbitration by getting Scott Kamieniecki to agree to a contract that will pay him about $235,000. Kamieniecki was 10-7 with a 4.08 ERA last year. Gerald Williams, Mike Humphreys and former Armwood star Sterling Hitchcock signed split contracts Wednesday.

OAKLAND: Infielder Dickie Thon retired after 14 years in the majors, saying continuing problems with his vision were forcing him to quit. Thon signed with Oakland last month. Thon has experienced vision problems and severe headaches since being hit in the head by a pitch from Mike Torrez in 1984. Thon's best year was 1983, when he hit .286 with 20 homers and 79 RBI for Houston.