Orioles consider re-signing Price

December 02, 1990|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Baltimore Orioles general manager Roland Hemond has left the door slightly open for the return of left-hander Joe Price, but would not say what conditions would have to be met for the club to re-sign him.

"We'll probably talk to his agent again," Hemond said, "and see how he's coming along."

The Orioles chose not to exercise a $400,000 contract option to keep Price for 1991, citing the back injury that forced him onto the disabled list for two weeks in late July. But the market for pitching has been so strong that the failure to renew Price's contract is beginning to look like a mistake.

Hemond said that money was not the main consideration, but it appears that the Orioles would consider signing Price if he would accept a contract that is laden with performance incentives.

"We have nothing against Joe," Hemond said. "We like Joe, and we'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt. But in situations like this, the club is taking all the risk."

Price was released after a club medical report described him as a "walking time bomb," but Price arranged for an independent examination to be performed, and it had a much more positive prognosis.

Hemond said it was possible that the club might ask for a third opinion before making a decision on a contract offer.

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