Batten the hatches, Billy Martin has agreed to a third go as manager of the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner, if the N.Y. Daily News is correct in today's editions. Martin, his agent and Steinbrenner couldn't be reached last night, but supposedly all set but actual signing . . .

And little did folks at Syd Thrift's baseball clinic in Fairfax last winter know that those tips on base running, etc., from Steve Boros were being imparted by the man who would succeed Martin as manager of the Oakland A's.

Bay Area media reported Boros the one -- not Ray Miller -- to be introduced today in Oakland even before Boros left the Puerto Rican league team he manages to fly to the Coast. First major league managing job for the ex-third baseman leaving Montreal Expos' staff. Leaving Miller on the Orioles' staff?

It turned out to be Tom Burgmeier, the Red Sox lefty reliever, and not Brewer Bob McClure joining Oakland out of reentry. Burgmeier, 39, signed for two years; despite a 7-0, 2.29 ERA year, he left Boston on a sad note, death of wife Betsy at World Series time . . .

Tom Seaver -- 38 today -- has, says Reds President Dick Wagner, "given me the names of four teams he'd prefer going to" in a could-be trade to accommodate the right-hander's wish to leave Cincinnati: Seaver's old team, the Mets; Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees . . . The Yankees: sued by New York City to block Steinbrenner's tentative plan to play three "home" games in Denver next April because Yankee Stadium repairs might not be done. A state judge in Manhattan extracted a hold-everything promise pending a hearing next week; city says repairs will be complete by opening series (Toronto), even if not, the work would cut 56,000 capacity by less than 2,000 . . . Tampa--where Steinbrenner lives--has begun hot pursuit of a major league franchise; will seek bids and financing for a stadium seating 45,000-50,000 and politic the winter meetings.