O's near deal for Tavarez Carter would go to San Francisco

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Orioles and the San Francisco Giants appear to be close to a trade that would exchange veteran outfielder Joe Carter for middle reliever Julian Tavarez.

Tavarez, 25, is on the disabled list with a strained lateral muscle beneath his right arm. He is scheduled to be activated Monday when the Orioles travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., to play in the Hall of Fame Game. Tavarez is 3-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 63 innings in 39 games. He has battled control trouble, walking 27 against 37 strikeouts.

The move would come at a time when the Orioles have added options in the outfield. Jeffrey Hammonds, who has two at-bats since June 2 because of a bulging disk in his neck, is expected to play against the Seattle Mariners this weekend, said manager Ray Miller. The Orioles also signed former Chicago White Sox right fielder Lyle Mouton to a minor-league contract last month. Mouton has impressed Orioles officials. Carter has said he will retire after this season.

Pub Date: 7/24/98

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