Ex-major leaguer Pedro Guerrero was arrested for trying to buy 15 kilos (33 pounds) of cocaine in a Miami drug sting, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday. Guerrero, 45, his nephew Adan Cruz, 24, and Lary Mercedes, 29, all Miami residents, were charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, a DEA spokesman said.

The trio negotiated with a DEA confidential source and an undercover agent to buy 15 kilos of cocaine worth about $240,000, the spokesman said.

On Thursday, Cruz gave the agent $70,000 in cash as a partial payment for the drugs. He was arrested at a supermarket as he arrived to pick up the cocaine, a DEA agent said in an affidavit.

Guerrero, an outfielder, played in the majors from 1978 to 1992, mostly with the Dodgers.

SCHOTT'S SAD DAY: Marge Schott called it a sad day as she formally transferred control of her beloved Reds to three partners who had been limited owners of the ballclub.

"It's a sad day, yes it is, honey," she said. "I don't like to sell things. I'm a keeper, not a seller." Schott became a limited partner of the team in 1981 and bought the controlling share in 1984.

MANAGER MAC?: Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire wants to manage one day, and offered one reason: Managing would provide a different scenario than the one he has now. "They wouldn't be asking me all these [home run] questions," McGwire said of the media. "It'll be, `Why didn't you bunt, or hit-and-run?' " McGwire said he has no plans to retire soon.