In Brief : Pirates Reach Pact With Bonilla
The Pittsburgh Pirates said today they reached contract terms with third baseman Bobby Bonilla for the 1989 season.
Bonilla, 25, a .274 batter in 1988, is the first to sign of eight players who filed for arbitration Monday prior to the noon deadline. Two others who would have been eligible for arbitration, pitcher Brian Fisher and outfielder R. J. Reynolds, agreed to terms and avoided filing.
Bonilla was named to the National League All-Star squad as the Pirates starting third basemen. He tied Pirates center fielder Andy Van Slyke for third in the league with 100 runs batted in, and he tied for fourth with 63 extra-base hits.
He was the National League Player of the Month in April, when he had a .341 batting average with seven home runs and 18 RBI, and in May, when he was .344 with six homers and 25 RBI.