Yankees act to drop Cerone to make room for Sanderson

January 04, 1991

Rick Cerone's career with the New York Yankees appears to be over -- for the third time.

The Yankees, needing a spot for Scott Sanderson on their 40-man roster, designated Cerone yesterday for assignment. The move means they have 10 days in which to trade or release Cerone or persuade him to accept assignment to the minor leagues. Release is the most likely choice because Cerone said he would not go to the minors.

"I'm not in their plans, so why should I waste their time and waste my time," Cerone said.

Cerone, 36, has one year remaining on a two-year, $1.4 million contract. If the Yankees release him, they would have to pay him his $700,000 salary.

* EXPOS: When Barry Jones was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the Christmas Eve trade that sent Tim Raines to Chicago, the Expos were unaware that the pitcher had agreed to a two-year, $2.1 million contract.

Jones, a 27-year-old right-hander, will get $825,000 in 1991 and $1,025,000 in 1992. The Expos have an option for 1993 that has a $250,000 buyout.

"The numbers were concluded at the winter meetings, the language a day or so after," Jones' agent, Dennis Gilbert, said.

Neither the Major League Players Association nor management's Player Relations Committee were notified of the contract.

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