Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth said yesterday at a National Press Club luncheon that he plans to meet individually "during early January" with "between 25 and 40 players . . . to talk, one-on-one, of their association with drugs and cocaine." Among these players are ones who testified in recent drug trials in Pittsburgh.
Ueberroth said he has told general managers that his meeting with the players "does not necessarily mean any of these players will not be available for play in the 1986 season." Asked if that indicated he might be considering penalties other than suspensions, Ueberroth would only repeat his statement.
Ueberroth declined to comment on recent presentations to baseball's long-range planning committee by 12 cities, including Washington, seeking a major league franchise. But in answer to another question, he said the presentation made by New Jersey, which said it would guarantee 2 million attendance in each of its first five years, "obviously was effective and caught the interest of the owners" . . .
Steve Boros, San Diego's minor league coordinator, has been given permission by the Padres to talk to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who need a manager. Boros, 49, is a former major league third baseman who managed the Oakland A's in 1983 and part of 1984. Other reported contenders are Jim Fregosi and Joe Torre . . .
Tony Perez, 43, declared himself a free agent at the Cincinnati Reds' request for the second year in a row. That way he does not count on the team's 40-player winter roster, but the Reds say it won't prevent them from re-signing him.