Pirates deny Yankees trade reports Bonilla, Bonds named in stories

April 05, 1991

Pittsburgh general manager Larry Doughty dismissed reports yesterday that the Pirates are considering a trade with the New York Yankees involving Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds.

"Who for, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?" Doughty asked.

Doughty said published reports in New York that the Pirates might be willing to package Bonilla and Bonds were ludicrous.

"I like Pittsburgh and I'd like to go back for Opening Day," he said, adding that if he traded his two sluggers, "the fans might not let me."

Doughty and team president Carl Barger talked to Yankees general manager Gene Michael last weekend after the Pirates' contract talks with Bonilla reached an impasse. Michael called -- the reports "pure speculation," although he said the Yankees did bring up Bonds' name.

"We talked about Bonilla and we couldn't find anything of mutual interest," Doughty said. "They said they would be very interested in Barry Bonds, and I said Barry Bonds isn't available."

* EXPOS: Darren Reed, acquired by Montreal from the New York Mets earlier in the week, broke his left forearm when hit by a pitch from Mets reliever Alejandro Pena.

The Mets traded Reed to the Expos on April 2 for two minor-leaguers. He had hit .300 for New York this spring, but the Mets did not have room on their roster.

Reed, 25, started in right field for the Expos and was hit near the wrist in the fourth inning. A Montreal spokesman said Reed suffered a displaced fracture and will sidelined four to six weeks.

* RED SOX: Roger Clemens appealed his five-game suspension and $10,000 fine to commissioner Fay Vincent, clearing the way for the two-time Cy Young Award winner to pitch Boston's season opener on Monday in Toronto.

Clemens was given the penalty for his actions in Game 4 of the American League playoffs.

* TIGERS: Sparky Anderson has agreed to a method for remaining with Detroit indefinitely under a series of one-year contracts, according to published reports.

The Lakeland Ledger reported that Anderson, who is under contract to manage the Tigers through the 1992 season, will soon sign a one-year extension which will carry him through 1993.

Each year thereafter, his status will be reviewed at the end of each season for another one-year extension.

Anderson, one of the highest-paid managers in baseball, is believed to earn $500,000 per year. He said earlier this spring he intended to manage the Tigers "forever."

* REDS: Shortstop Barry Larkin took batting practice after his lower back showed signs of improvement.

Larkin sprained his back when he fell while running out a grounder Tuesday night. He had an examination yesterday, and was given permission to start working out.

Precautionary X-rays found no fracture or other major problem, Larkin said.

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