Orioles officials spent two days in Philadelphia talking trades, following up on previous discussions and opening new talks with other teams. Ultimately, the Orioles came away empty-handed, but with the sense that some teams are quite ready to start swapping.
"People are just really slow to do anything," said assistant general manager Kevin Malone. "We talked to a lot of people, but we didn't really get a sense anybody was ready to make some moves.
"We didn't seem like we had a match with anybody."
Malone said his sense is that the Orioles will do something -- "We're looking to improve the team" -- but added that nothing is imminent.
Among the talks:
Baseball sources said the Orioles checked with the Blue Jays about outfielder Joe Carter and catcher Charlie O'Brien. Malone would not comment on specific names, but said he didn't foresee the Orioles making a deal with Toronto.
The Phillies are ready to deal catcher Benito Santiago, and have had extensive talks with the Orioles. But, so far, officials on both sides say Philadelphia is asking for more than the Orioles are willing to give up (at one point, asking for Jeffrey Hammonds). Malone said he expects the Orioles will continue talking with the Phillies at some point.
Malone confirmed that the Orioles continued to talk with Cleveland. Two weeks ago, the Orioles discussed a five-player trade with the Indians -- designated hitter Eddie Murray, outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and pitcher Albie Lopez to the Orioles for outfielders Bobby Bonilla and Hammonds. But Orioles owner Peter Angelos vetoed that deal, and Malone said he didn't "see a whole lot of promise" in the Cleveland talks.
Pub Date: 7/11/96