Seitzer, Neagle get look from O's Infielder, local lefty available in deals

August 27, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

The Orioles, trying to augment their club for the final month, are looking into acquiring third baseman Kevin Seitzer from the Milwaukee Brewers and have talked to the Pirates about several of Pittsburgh's most expensive players.

The Orioles have asked the Brewers what they want for Seitzer, hitting .316 with 12 homers and 62 RBIs for the Brewers. Orioles assistant general manager Kevin Malone would neither confirm nor deny the talks with Milwaukee.

If the Orioles acquired Seitzer -- who has cleared waivers and also has attracted interest from the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians -- they probably would play him at third base and move B. J. Surhoff to the outfield. Seitzer is a pure No. 2 hitter, something the Orioles have wanted as well.

The Pirates, hurting for money, reportedly are ready to dump their highest-paid players before Sept. 1, and the Orioles are investigating, according to a league source.

Among the Pirates available are left-hander Denny Neagle (Arundel High), infielder Jeff King, outfielder Orlando Merced and shortstop Jay Bell.

The Orioles wouldn't have a lot of prospects to offer, but they would have something the Pirates covet: cash. Rules would permit the Orioles to include up to $1 million in any deal, a dictum, interestingly enough, that is called the Kevin Malone Rule, after the Orioles assistant general manager. As general manager of the Montreal Expos, Malone made trades that included large amounts of cash before the 1995 season.

Malone wouldn't say whether the Orioles contacted the Pirates yesterday. "We would have interest in any player that would make us better," Malone said. "We would have interest in any player that could help us, on any club."

Neagle earns $2.3 million for this year; Merced $2.7 million; King $2.5 million; and Bell $4.7 million.

One of the principals in a multi-player deal being discussed with Cleveland, Neagle (13-6, 3.09 ERA) would make sense for the Orioles, because he would fill a need in the rotation. King (.279, 26 homers, 96 RBIs) would make sense, as a third baseman, with the Orioles moving Surhoff to left field.

The Orioles will want to complete any deals before Sept. 1, so newly acquired players would be eligible for the postseason roster.

Tracking Murray

The Orioles' Eddie Murray is two home runs short of 500 for his career. Here's a look at his at-bats last night:

2nd inning: vs. Wasdin. Popped out to short.

inning: vs. Wasdin. Walked intentionally.

5th inning: vs. Reyes. Singled to right.

8th inning: vs. Groom. Flied out to deep right.

9th inning: vs. Acre. Flied out to deep right.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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