One of many
Mets now enter Griffey sweepstakes
Posted: Sunday December 12, 1999 02:58 PM
Mets general manager Steve Phillips hopes to fill his needs on offense. Allsport
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Phillips leaned on a hallway wall, doing his best not to give too many hints to his thoughts.
He couldn't hide his interest in Ken Griffey Jr.
"We were one of the inquiring teams," the New York Mets general manager said, one of his most direct statements yet about Seattle's All-Star center fielder.
When Phillips spoke, he had met with nine of the 13 teams on his appointment list for Saturday. His session with Seattle hadn't started yet, so he didn't know how to react to the Cincinnati Reds' decision to break off trade talks with the Mariners on Griffey. Phillips is looking to add offense, fill the hole at first base created by John Olerud's departure to Seattle and to acquire a starting pitcher -- most likely by trade, not free agency.
He didn't know exactly where the Mets stood.
"We haven't had a chance to regroup because we've been meeting every half hour with somebody," he said. "We have a few things that have life that we'll try to carry through tomorrow."
New York has expressed interest in free-agent first basemen David Segui and Todd Zeile, and free-agent outfielder Greg Vaughn. Phillips doesn't appear very interested in pitchers Chuck Finley or Aaron Sele.
"I think they're some very capable pitchers out there," Phillips said. "I think their contract demands are not necessarily where we want to go."
However, some starting pitchers might be available in the trade market. Houston's Mike Hampton was the latest name to be mentioned. Phillips wouldn't mention names and wouldn't even discuss teams.
"I think we have some nice possibilities so far," he said.
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