The Pittsburgh Pirates and Dave Parker quietly settled a lawsuit over Parker's admitted past drug use, avoiding a trial that threatened once again to drag some of baseball's biggest names into a Pittsburgh courtroom.

Pirates President Carl F. Barger said the Pirates and Parker agreed not to disclose terms of the agreement, but said the team won "a very significant concession" on Parker's 1979 contract, which required the Pirates to pay him $5.3 million through the year 2007.Locally . . .