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.