The Cleveland Indians traded left-handed pitcher Greg Swindell to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday for three right-handers -- Jack Armstrong, Scott Scudder and minor-leaguer Joe Turek.
Swindell, 26, Cleveland's top choice in the June 1986 draft, was 9-16 last season with a 3.48 ERA. He has a career record of 60-55 with a 3.79 ERA with the Indians.
Armstrong, 26, and Scudder, 23, will join Cleveland's roster. Turek, 25, will be assigned the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Armstrong was 7-13 last season with a 5.48 ERA in 27 games. Scudder was Cincinnati's No. 1 draft choice in the June 1986 draft and was 6-9 this past season with the Reds with a 4.35 ERA in 27 games.
"We had offered him a three-year deal to become the highest-paid player in the history of the Cleveland Indians," John Hart, general manager of the Indians, said of Swindell. "When the deal was rejected, we began to examine our options."
* CARDINALS: St. Louis named Don Baylor as batting coach. Baylor, 42, interviewed for the Cardinals' managerial job in 1990 and has been a candidate for other openings since retiring in 1988. He was batting coach for Milwaukee the past two seasons.
To make room for Baylor on the Cardinals' six-man coaching staff, Dave Ricketts was reassigned within the organization. He had been a Cardinals coach since 1978.
Baylor played for 18 years in the American League with Baltimore, California, New York, Boston and Oakland.
* EXPOS: Gary Carter, a fan favorite with Montreal before he was traded to the Mets seven years ago, has returned after being claimed on waivers.
Carter hit .246 in 1991 with six homers and 26 RBI for Los Angeles. The Dodgers placed the catcher on waivers this week after he failed to file for free agency.
Carter, 37, spent the first 10 seasons of his 17-year career with the Expos. He hit .272 with 215 home runs and 794 RBI for Montreal.
Carter started 55 games last season for the Dodgers.
He is not eligible for salary arbitration and must work out a deal with the Expos.