BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles traded left-handed pitcher Mike Flanagan to the Toronto Blue Jays Monday in exchange for minor league pitcher Oswald Peraza and a player to be named.
The deal was contingent upon Flanagan's approval, since as a 10-year man with five years service with one team he had the right to veto a trade. He was on the telephone for 2 1/2 hours in the office of Orioles Manager Cal Ripken before the trade was announced.
In order for Flanagan to be eligible for postseason play, he had to report to the Blue Jays in Toronto by midnight Monday. With that in mind, the Blue Jays chartered a plane to fly Flanagan to Toronto.
"It was awful tough taking off that uniform for the last time," Flanagan said as he rushed to his car for the drive to the airport. "I wish the Orioles nothing but the best. I'll always be an Oriole. It was a difficult decision, one that I was hoping I'd never have to make."