Sabo's agent asks Hemond for trade

June 03, 1994|By Tom Keegan

If Orioles reserve third baseman and part-time designated hitter Chris Sabo has his way, he won't be hearing boos at Camden Yards for much longer.

Sabo yesterday officially made a trade request through agent Jim Bronner, who called Orioles general manager Roland Hemond at the urging of his client.

Sabo, who signed a one-year, $2 million free-agent contract in the off-season, lost his job to Leo Gomez, who went on a batting tear when Sabo went onto the disabled list with a strained back.

Booed in his first trip to the plate yesterday in the second inning of the Orioles' 11-5 win, Sabo went 1-for-4 and is hitting .238 with two home runs and nine RBIs.

Uncertainty over the condition of Sabo's back limits his trade value, but Hemond said there is some interest.

"People know his ability and recognize he has been victimized by Gomez's performance," Hemond said. "I've talked with some clubs about him, but you can't make an outright guarantee to the player that you can get it done. And a lot of times when these things happen, things end up working out for the player and he's glad to just stay because things turn around."

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