New York Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden, who won the Nationa
Feb. 17, 1986
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ New York Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden, who won the National League's Cy Young Award in only his second major league season, officially signed a one- year contract worth $1.32 million Monday.
The 21-year-old Gooden, whose career record is 41-13, agreed to terms last Friday, only four days before he and the club were scheduled to go arbitration.
Gooden had sought $1.5 million, while the Mets originally had offered $1.1 million.
''I'm more than happy. I'm very pleased and excited,'' Gooden said at a news conference in the office of his agent, Jim Neader. His father, Dan, also was present for the signing.
Gooden, a product of Tampa's Hillsborough High School, said he's looking forward to reporting to spring training here Friday, the same day he'll be honored as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
''I'm ready to get going. I wish it started today,'' Gooden said. ''My main goal right now is to get to the World Series.''
Gooden earned a base salary of $40,000 as a rookie two years ago. He reportedly made more than $400,000, including incentives, last season after signing a contract in February 1985 that hiked his base pay to $275,000.
The deal he signed Monday involves base pay only. The Mets said they have a club policy against including them in short-term contracts.
The National League's Rookie of the Year in 1984 when he compiled a 17-9 record and 2.60 earned run average, Gooden was even better in 1985.
Gooden finished with a 24-4 record and a league-leading 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts, 16 complete games and 276 2-3 innings pitched.