Detroit Tigers owner Thomas Monaghan has put up the team for sale, an aide said Friday while not confirming reports of an imminent purchase by Edsel Ford II.
Monaghan, chairman of Domino's Pizza Inc., purchased the club from John E. Fetzer in 1983 for approximately $53-million.
"Anything is for sale, but not Domino's," Domino's spokeswoman Betsy Kanitz said of Monaghan's holdings.
Baseball officials, speaking on the condition they not be identified, say Monaghan is talking with Ford, 43, the great-grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford.
"It's a rumor and we do not respond to or comment on rumors," Kanitz said.
"I don't know how these rumors get started," Ford said in a brief statement.
Monaghan could get as much as $125-million for the team, said Gerard Scully, a University of Texas economist.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Monaghan is worried about cash-flow problems at Domino's. The sources also said he's frustrated with the controversy over the site of a new stadium.
Ford is said to support keeping the stadium in Detroit, as do city and county officials.
Drug adviser: Dr. Robert Millman of Cornell Medical Center will be the first drug adviser for the commissioner's office.
Millman also will provide consultation on AIDS-related issues.
Since 1978, Millman has directed the alcohol and substance abuse service at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
He also is director of a network of drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs in New York City.
Contracts: Players ended their six-case losing streak when Seattle outfielder Jay Buhner and Baltimore pitcher Bob Milacki both won in salary arbitration.
An arbitrator chose Buhner's request of $1,445,000 rather than Seattle's offer of $750,000, giving the outfielder a five-fold increase from his 1991 income of $247,500. Buhner hit .244 in 1991 with a team-leading 27 homers and 77 RBI.
In Baltimore's first hearing since 1980, an arbitrator awarded Milacki $1.18-million instead of the Orioles' offer of $700,000. The 27-year-old right-hander was 10-9 with a 4.01 ERA last season and made $280,000.
Pirates: Former Cy Young Award winner Pete Vuckovich was hired by Pittsburgh as roving minor-league pitching instructor. Vuckovich, 39, played for 11 years before he retired in 1986.
Mets: Talks between right-hander David Cone and the New York Mets broke off and it appeared their salary dispute would go to arbitration Monday.
Cone, who made $2.35-million last season, is asking for $4.25-million and the Mets are offering $3-million. If Cone were to win, it would be the highest arbitration award ever, topping the $3.35-million given last winter to Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doug Drabek.