MESA, Ariz. -- Wally Joyner, last year's rookie sensation who came to the California Angels' camp this spring without a contract, agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year contract.
The Angels' first baseman, runnerup to Jose Canseco of Oakland for 1986 American League Rookie of the Year honors, came to terms with California general manager Mike Port early Thursday morning.
Terms of the contract were not released but Joyner had been seeking $160,000 and the club's latest offer had been $200,000, according to published reports.
Joyner insisted he came to terms after receiving assurances about the club's direction rather than for obtaining a sizeable raise.
'I told them I didn't want any more money,' said Joyner, who had 22 homers, 100 RBI and a .290 batting average. 'I told them I wanted to know where they were headed.'
Joyner and six other Angels, including pitcher Kirk McCaskill, were under a Thursday deadline to sign new pacts or face the prospect of having the Angels renew their 1986 pacts. Joyner, a longshot to even make the club one year ago, was paid $65,000 last year, $5,000 above the major league minimum salary.
'We're delighted that we reached a natural and amenable resolution to the situation,' Port told an impromptu gathering of reporters at the Angels' Mesa training site. 'It's a credit to Wally that things were resolved in a professional manner.'
Joyner completed negotiations with Port without the aid of his agent or any other Angels' personnel.
'I wanted to see what this negotiation business was all about. Maybe I will know more about it next time around,' said Joyner, who was the first rookie to start in an All-Star game since fans began selecting the starters in 1970.
The signing of Joyner may affect the negotiations with Canseco, who didn't report to the Oakland training site in nearby Scottsdale until mid-week. National League Rookie of the Year Todd Worrell of St. Louis also signed in the past week.
Port said it was the Angels policy not to include incentives or bonus provisions in one-year contracts unless they were special services pact.
'You might say Wally fell into that category,' Port said. 'He came in on his own and we got this thing settled today.'
Joyner, one of the keys to the Angels' repeating as American League Western Division titlists, said he didn't want the public to think he went in and demanded a 'pat on the back' from his employers.
'Listen, we all like to be stroked,' said Joyner, who hit .455 in the first three games of the ALCS last year before missing the final four games with a staph infection. 'It was a matter of finding out where we were going and what the Angels thought of me.'
Port added he was optimistic the club could complete its player negotiations by the end of the week.
The Angels, on an apparent austerity program, did not re-sign veteran outfielder Reggie Jackson or catcher Bob Boone during the off-season.Both were free agents. Jackson signed with the A's last December.