Haynes added to O's offer for Padres' Irabu But pitcher, Hammonds may not be enough for deal

March 11, 1997|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles have offered pitcher Jimmy Haynes to go along with outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds for Japanese star pitcher Hideki Irabu, but that might not be enough to outbid the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets or Cleveland Indians.

The Padres expect to complete a deal sometime today or tomorrow, and, according to sources, they are looking for a starting pitcher in the deal, to take the spot Irabu was supposed to assume. Seattle can offer pitcher Scott Sanders -- traded to the Mariners by San Diego during the off-season -- back to the Padres, along with another player. Cleveland could dangle left-handers Albie Lopez and Brian Anderson.

The Mets, according to an NL source, have gone from offering the likes of Dave Mlicki to raising the possibility of swapping either Bill Pulsipher or Jason Isringhausen, two young starters who have had injury trouble.

The Yankees are technically in the bidding. However, Padres officials believe New York is responsible for sabotaging their relationship with Irabu, and would prefer to trade him elsewhere. At least one highly ranked executive may ask Major League Baseball to investigate the relationship between New York and Irabu's agent, Dom Nomura.

Neither Hammonds nor Haynes is expected to be with the Orioles on Opening Day. Although Hammonds is having a good spring, he does not have a regular job in the majors, and the Orioles may prefer to trade him or send him to Triple-A. Haynes is trying to rebuild his career after a disastrous 1996 season, and he could begin the season in Double-A.

If they can't get Irabu, the Orioles will continue to explore trade talks with Philadelphia for right-hander Curt Schilling, who may become available now that contract negotiations for a long-term deal with the Phillies have broken down.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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