The New York Yankees threw the book back at David Wells.
The pitcher was fined $100,000 yesterday for an autobiography filled with revelations of drinking, drug use and disparaging talk that the Yankees felt tarnished their image.
"I'm glad it's over," Wells said after a spring training appearance against Cleveland in Winter Haven, Fla. "I've got to move on and go out there and pitch."
The 39-year-old left-hander, often prone to outlandish statements during a major league career that began in 1987, did not elaborate much but issued a statement apologizing to owner George Steinbrenner, team employees, major league baseball and teammates.
"Anyone who knows me knows my love for the history of baseball, and in particular the history and traditions of its most famous franchise, the New York Yankees," Wells said. "I never intended to offend anyone, or compromise my relationships with teammates or fans, and I deeply regret that I may have done so."
After a weekend of negotiations, Wells agreed not to contest the fine. The Yankees originally proposed that Wells be fined 10 days' pay of his $3 million salary, which comes to nearly $165,000, but Wells's agent, Gregg Clifton, objected.
The team wanted a fine with six figures, which is among the highest ever for a baseball player, but lower than the penalties imposed on Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker and Joaquin Andujar, who agreed to give up 10 percent of their 1987 salaries after the Pittsburgh drug trials.
The money will be split equally among three charities chosen by the team: the Boys and Girls Clubs of New York, the Baseball Assistance Team and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Meantime, Wells showed improvement on the mound yesterday, allowing one run and six hits in four innings of relief. He had been hit hard in his two exhibition outings.
* EXPOS: OF Vladimir Guerrero was ejected in the first inning for starting a bench-clearing brawl during Montreal's 7-4 win against the Florida Marlins. Brad Penny's second pitch to Guerrero hit the Montreal slugger high in the chest. Guerrero and Penny were the only ejections.
* MARINERS: Seattle and Arizona got into a bench-clearing shoving match in Tucson, after all-stars Bret Boone and Luis Gonzalez were hit by pitches. Diamondbacks right-hander Miguel Batista hit Boone in the left arm with a pitch in the top of the sixth. In the bottom half, Jeff Nelson hit Gonzalez in the back with the first pitch. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. The game ended in a 6-6 tie after 10 innings by mutual agreement.
* CARDINALS: LF Albert Pujols agreed with St. Louis to a $900,000, one-year contract. The deal for the 2001 NL rookie of the year is the highest one-year contract for a major league player with less than three years of major league service who was not eligible for salary arbitration. . . . LHP Rick Ankiel, trying to rebound from wildness and an arm injury, pitched another perfect inning in a 9-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
* METS: RHP David Cone, hoping to earn a spot with New York after sitting out the 2002 season, pitched two perfect innings in relief in a 2-1 split-squad win over the Dodgers.
* ASTROS: 2B Jeff Kent was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Phillies starter Kevin Millwood and left the game as a precaution. Houston won, 5-3.