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O's acquire Matthews to improve OF depth

Updated: April 3, 2002, 11:04 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The New York Mets traded outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for left-hander John Bale.

Matthews

Bale, 27, was 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 games with Baltimore last season. He had been designated for assignment Saturday and cleared waivers Wednesday before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

He's 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 17 career games, including three with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999 and 2000.

Matthews, 27, will join ...

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