Manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds said he's found his regular first baseman.
"I could play Tony Perez, Rose said. "He's a year younger than me. I don't think I can find someone who can hit .365."
The first baseman who did hit .365 after returning to the Reds last August and who will start at first base this year is Pete Rose, 43.
"I don't feel any pressure at all," he said. "I write out the lineup every day. I just write R-O-S-E in the second slot."
He said the Reds have a real chance to win the NL West. "I think it's the weakest division in baseball," he said, "and I'm glad it is."
The Reds' president, Bob Howsam, 66, will resign in July to become a full-time consultant to the team. He said he'd accomplished what he'd set out to do . . .
Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who got a $1 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after filing for salary arbitration in 1983, is one of 97 players who have filed this year. (See list on D7.) Other big-name players: Kirk Gibson of the Detroit Tigers, Leon Durham of the Chicago Cubs, Kent Hrbek of the Minnesota Twins, Joaquin Andujar of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Boddicker of the Baltimore Orioles . . .
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported in a copyrighted story that the Cardinals will trade outfielder-first baseman David Green, pitcher Dave LaPoint, infielder Jose Gonzalez and maybe first baseman Gary Rajsich to San Francisco for outfielder Jack Clark . . .
Bobby Murcer, fired from the Yankees' TV booth, will become a front-office adviser to the team, the New York Daily News reported . . .
Now that the Dodgers have dropped their controversial drug-test clauses, negotiations between the teams and the players union are to resume early next week. Baseball's basic labor agreement expired Dec. 31.