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Pitching focus of trade talks

Published Jul. 31, 1999
Updated Sep. 29, 2005

Chuck Finley to the Indians? Kevin Appier to the Red Sox? Jesse Orosco back to the Mets?

Those possible deals, plus several involving the Yankees, were shaping up as baseball approached its nonwaiver trading deadline at midnight today.

As usual, most teams were on the prowl for pitching.

Andy Pettitte of the Yankees, Brad Radke and Mike Trombley of Minnesota, Arthur Rhodes and Orosco of Baltimore and Darryl Kile of Colorado were said to be available, in addition to the Devil Rays' Rolando Arrojo and Roberto Hernandez.

"I would be shocked if we don't do something," Cleveland general manager John Hart said.

Cleveland, looking at a potential playoff matchup with the Yankees, hoped to close a deal with Anaheim for Finley, 16-9 lifetime against New York.

The Yankees also eyed Finley. Pettitte, who has struggled all season, seemed the most likely player to depart the World Series champions, with Houston, Philadelphia and Seattle interested.

"We've had things presented to us, we've had offers made to us," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Certainly, the AL East-leading Yankees had enough prospects to swing a deal. Especially if it meant heading off the Central-leading Indians.

"With the Yankees, you do things short-term, anyway," manager Joe Torre said. "You always want to win now."

Kansas City was fielding a lot of offers for Appier, its longtime ace.

"In all likelihood, we will make a trade before (tonight)," Royals general manager Herk Robinson said. "I can't tell you who it's going to be with. It's whoever wants him the most, I guess."

The Mets were said to be looking at Orosco, the closer on their 1986 World Series team, and Rhodes. There was a chance they might make a lesser move, perhaps trading someone like setup man Greg McMichael, to set up a bigger deal.

Starting Sunday, trades still can be made. But from that point, players must pass through waivers, a tricky proposition this time of year.