Roland Hemond returned to the general manager's desk yesterday and started the process of attempting to sign the Baltimore Orioles eligible for salary arbitration.
For an 11-day period beginning today, major-league players may file for an arbitration hearing if they have more than three years of service.
"Even though they start filing today, some wait because negotiations are going on," said Hemond, who returned from his holiday vacation.
Two eligible Orioles, Bob Melvin and Jeff Ballard, have signed 1991 contracts. A third, Mickey Tettleton, is likely to go through the arbitration procedure after eschewing free agency.
The remaining Orioles eligible are Joe Orsulak, Bill Ripken, Rene Gonzales, Kevin Hickey, Tim Hulett and Mark Williamson.
Last winter, no Oriole went to an arbitration hearing.
* A probable total of eight stops for the Orioles' winter caravan begins Jan. 17 with the Wilmington (Del.) Sports Writers Dinner.
Also certain are stops in Annapolis (Jan. 23), Hagerstown and Frederick (Jan. 29), Wheaton (Jan. 30), Lancaster, Pa. (Jan. 31) and York, Pa. (Feb. 6).
Caravans to northern Virginia and Richmond are pending.
* Former Orioles equipment manager Clay Reid died in his sleep Thursday in Ocean City. No other details were available.
* Hemond said nothing has developed on the trade front. "I'm just getting back into the picture, finding out what went on while I was away," he said.
* The Orioles are lining up more tryout camps than ever before for this year, beginning in July.
Any player wishing to learn when a camp will be held in his area is asked to call the minor-league department at 243-9800.