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Orioles May Trade Alomar, Palmeiro

May 24, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Roberto Alomar and Rafael Palmeiro may be traded by the Baltimore Orioles, perhaps within a week, according to a pair of reports.

``We’ve talked to some clubs. We’re looking around,″ assistant general manager Kevin Malone was quoted as saying in Sunday’s editions of The Washington Post.

Both the Post and The Baltimore Sun said the Orioles have discussed a trade with the Mets that would send Alomar and Palmeiro to New York for a package that would include second baseman Carlos Baerga. The Post said John Olerud also may be part of the deal.

Malone said the Orioles hope to have an acceptable trade for one or both players worked out within a week.

The 30-year-old Alomar, in the final season of an $18 million, three-year contract, is one of the team’s younger players. Palmeiro, 33, is in the final season of a $30 million, five-year deal. Both are eligible for free agency after this season.

``I’m sure that would be the logical thing to do,″ Palmeiro told the Sun of the trade possibility. ``But I still believe Peter Angelos has a strong interest in signing me and Robbie. I think we would both like to stay and play here if something could be worked out.″

Alomar and Palmeiro are among 12 of Orioles eligible to become free agents at the end of the season.

According to the Post, the Mets would be willing to trade Olerud and Baerga for the pair. But Malone said that deal was unlikely because Palmeiro’s contract prohibits trades to the Mets and Yankees without his permission.

Baerga, 29, is hitting .267 with three homers and 20 RBIs and Olerud, also 29, is hitting .352.

Mets general manager Steve Phillips said Friday he had made proposals for several major deals but didn’t identify any teams or players.

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