Tettleton is silent on arbitration Deadline is today on Orioles' offer

December 19, 1990|By Kent Baker

Today is D-Day for Mickey Tettleton.

But there were no hints coming from either Tettleton or his agent, Tony Attanasio, whether the catcher will accept the Baltimore Orioles' offer for salary arbitration. The deadline for accepting the offer is midnight tonight.

Tettleton was en route to Oklahoma yesterday from his winter home in Arizona when he said: "I don't know what's going to happen. I don't think I can really answer anything right now."

Attanasio, speaking from his San Diego office, said only, "No decision will be made until tomorrow [today]."

The Orioles offered Tettleton, a Type A free agent, arbitration to assure themselves of a compensatory draft choice next June should he decide to sign with another team.

Attanasio has been seeking a better deal than the $1.3 million, one-year contract offered by the Orioles. If Tettleton accepts arbitration, he would remain with the Orioles for another season, then become a free agent again.

Tettleton, who has indicated he would like to play in Baltimore, was seeking a salary closer to the three-year, $6.75 million package signed by catcher Darren Daulton to return to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Their statistics last season were similar.

* The Orioles have signed pitcher Todd Frohwirth, 27, a six-year minor-league free agent from the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

Frohwirth, a 13th-round draft pick in 1984, has a 3-3 record and 3.95 ERA in 72 major-league games during parts of four seasons with the Phillies.

In 1989, he had a scoreless streak of 16 1/3 innings, the club's longest of the year, while appearing in 45 games.

Last season, Frohwirth was 9-7 with a 3.04 ERA for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and led the Class AAA International League with 21 saves. He has led a minor league four times in saves.

Frohwirth, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound sidearm pitcher, will be assigned to the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings roster.

* Leo Gomez has made the Puerto Rican winter league's all-star team while playing for Santurce.

In 42 games, Gomez is batting .260 with seven home runs, 10 doubles, 27 RBI and a .486 slugging percentage.

He will be given a shot at the Orioles' third-base job next spring.

* Hall of Famer Willie Stargell has been added to the lineup for the Tops in Sports Banquet on Jan. 11 at the Towson Center. Stargell will receive the retroactive Babe Ruth Crown.

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