Orioles nemesis Paquette may be joining them A's third baseman is out of options, available in deal

March 04, 1996|By Buster Olney

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles, looking for alternatives for third base in the event B. J. Surhoff doesn't work out there, are interested in the Oakland Athletics' Craig Paquette, an AL source said.

Paquette, who turns 27 this month, is a strong fielder with an erratic bat -- except when he plays the Orioles. Paquette pounded them last year, and during his career, he has hit .365 with five homers and 15 RBIs against the Orioles.

Paquette is a right-handed hitter who batted .226 overall last year, with 13 homers in 283 at-bats. There are two other Oakland third basemen who appear to be ahead of him, so Paquette is available. He is out of options, meaning he cannot be sent to the minors without passing through waivers.

Oakland is looking for left-handed pitching, and may have an interest in the Orioles' Mark Lee, Arthur Rhodes or Rick Krivda.

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