Pitcher Pascual Perez of the New York Yankees, in and out of trouble throughout his career, was suspended for one year by the commissioner's office yesterday after two positive tests for cocaine.
Perez, 34, agreed in 1989 after rehabilitation that he would be suspended for a year if he again was found to be using drugs. Although yesterday's statement did not give any details, sources familiar with baseball's drug-testing program, speaking on the condition that they not be identified, told The Associated Press that urine samples from Perez taken Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 tested positive for cocaine.
entering the final season of a three-year, $5.7 million contract, will not be paid this year's $1.9 million salary. The pitcher will have to apply for reinstatement from the commissioner's office under terms of the 1989 agreement negotiated by his agent, Tom Reich, with then-commissioner Peter Ueberroth.
"It's a fairly severe sanction," commissioner Fay Vincent said in Sarasota. "It is more severe than just a one-year suspension."
Tony Chiricosta, Perez's financial adviser, said the pitcher has not made any decisions about his future.
Perez was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, the Yankees were reported to be negotiating a trade in which they would deal a left-handed reliever (Greg Cadaret or Lee Guetterman) or shortstop Alvaro Espinoza to the Kansas City Royals for third baseman Kevin Seitzer.
* BRAVES: Second baseman Jeff Treadway may miss half the season after undergoing surgery on his injured right hand. Treadway, who hit .320 last season, played only 106 games because of the injury. The procedure fused Treadway's index and middle finger bones to his wrist.
* MARINERS: Former Mets player and manager Bud Harrelson, 47, will operate the Single-A Carolina League Peninsula Pilots this summer and purchase the club at the end of the season.
* PIRATES: Left fielder Barry Bonds slightly strained left hamstring while running out a grounder. The injury is not considered serious.
Meanwhile, the club said it had an operating loss of $2.87 million in 1991, despite franchise records for tickets sold, paid attendance and total revenue. The team's major-league payroll rose 47 percent, from $16.4 million to $24.1 million, president Mark Sauer said.