The Toronto Blue Jays, looking to bolster their offense in their drive for the American League East title, acquired outfielder Candy Maldonado from the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday for a minor-league pitcher and a player to be named.
Maldonado, 30, missed more than two months earlier this season with a broken bone in his right foot. In 34 games, he batted .207 with five homers and 20 RBI.
To make room for him on the roster, the Blue Jays designated outfielder Cory Snyder for assignment. Snyder, acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 14, batted .107 with the Blue Jays in 28 at-bats.
The Brewers will receive 24-year-old Rob Wishnevski, a right-hander with a 6-8 record and 2.94 ERA in 31 games at Class AA Knoxville of the Southern League.
* ASTROS: Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent says the Houston franchise will be sold and in all likelihood will not be moved from the nation's fourth-largest city.
"There are people who are interested in buying the team and keeping it here," Vincent said Thursday before watching the Astros lose, 5-3, to the San Diego Padres.
Vincent said team owner John McMullen will have to choose between the Astros and a horse racing track, and with the state racing commission expecting next week to award a track to a group with which McMullen is involved, a sale of the Astros could be coming soon.
* ANGELS: Executive vice president Jackie Autry has said that she and team owner Gene Autry have discussed manager Doug Rader's future with the team, but said no decision has been made.
* MARINERS: Cable TV officials are upset that Seattle owner Jeff Smulyan hasn't respond to a contract proposal, but Smulyan has said he won't respond to offers he considers insulting.
Prime Sports Northwest has offered a three-year deal to broadcast 40 live Mariners games. The cable company would pay $40,000 per game in rights fees, or $1.6 million per season, and give the team 100 percent of advertising revenues, estimated at $30,000 to $60,000 per game.
* Pete Rose returned to Riverfront Stadium as a fan Thursday for the first time since the former Cincinnati Reds star was banned from baseball. Rose observed from a glass-enclosed box above third base as the Reds lost, 6-4, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
* YANKEES: Kevin Maas was unhurt after a minor car accident on his way to the ballpark and entered last night's game in the third inning.
Maas had precautionary X-rays taken on his neck and back, and team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said the designated hitter sustained no serious injuries.