PASSES TO PITCHES:
University of Connecticut basketball player Scott Burrell says he has reached an agreement to play baseball for the Blue Jays organization and will sign a contract and report to the club's Class A farm team within days.
"Everything has been taken care of except for a few minor details," Burrell, a 6-foot-5 forward and right-handed pitcher, told the Norwich Bulletin. "Toronto was easy to deal with."
Burrell was picked in the fifth round by the Blue Jays this month. He said Toronto has agreed to pay him a signing bonus that is "first-round money." and to let him return to college in September so he can play basketball for the Huskies.
The Cubs have picked up the option on Manager Don Zimmer's contract for the 1991 season and extended the contract of General Manager Jim Frey through 1992.
Expos outfielder Tim Raines (twisted right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25. He has a .284 average with 24 stolen bases.
The Expos purchased the contract of outfielder Eric Bullock (.294 for Indianapolis).
PAY DAY FOR JOSE:
The Athletics have scheduled a news conference for today to announce that outfielder Jose Canseco has signed a five-year contract that makes him the highest-paid player in baseball.
Recent reports estimated the deal at $23 million.
Don Mattingly of the Yankees signed a five-year, $19.6 million deal in April.
ON THE WARPATH:
Braves third baseman Jim Presley was arrested yesterday on a simple battery warrant sworn out by his mother, Lucinda Brazel, in Con-yers, Ga.
Presley allegedly yelled at her and pushed her when she showed up unannounced at his apartment at 1 a.m. after traveling from her home in Pensacola, Fla., Capt. Scott Rhoades of the Rockdale County sheriff's department said.
Presley posted $1,000 bond and was released.
Commissioner Fay Vincent promised a decision "reasonably soon" after conducting a formal hearing Monday into charges that the Yankees tampered with outfielder Dave Winfield after trading him to the California Angels last month.
The trade was made May 11 but Winfield balked at the deal, citing his veto rights as a 10-year veteran with five years on the same club. He finally reported May 17 after agreeing to a three-year $9.1 million contract extension.
Mike Port, general manager of the Angels, said "a significant portion" of his club's case pertained to conversations Winfield had with Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner after the trade.