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Dave Kingman, Met outfielder, Padre infielder, Angel and Yankee DH, 28, bats right. Hits the ball high, wide and seldom. Catches it occasionally. Key stat: 853 strikeouts in 2,648 career at bats.
Mike Marshall, Ranger reliever, 34, throws right. Injuries have diminished his skills, but not the sourness of his disposition. Key '77 stat: 4.71 ERA.
Bill Melton, Indian infielder, 32, bats right. Former home-run champ who now has a lead bat to go with his iron glove. Key '77 stat: 0 homers.
BARGAINS FROM THE BASEMENT
Available for much lower salaries, all they want is the chance to show what they can do, and their '77 performances say they deserve it:
Orlando Gonzalez, minor league outfielder, 25, bats left. Former NCAA Player of the Year who has hit .300 in three straight minor league seasons. Key '77 stat: 145 hits in 132 games.
Mario Guerrero, Angel infielder, 28, bats right. California doesn't like his attitude, but he has developed into a solid .284 hitter. Key '77 stat: 69 hits in 86 games.
Elliott Maddox, Oriole outfielder, 28, bats right. If his shaky knee holds up, he should be solid at bat, in the field and on the bases. Key '77 stat: one error in 100 chances.