Pitchers Linskey, Martinez sign one-year deals Orioles notes

January 24, 1991|By Kent Baker

Pitchers Mike Linskey and David Martinez became the latest players from the 40-man roster to sign 1991 contracts with the Baltimore Orioles.

Both agreed yesterday to one-year deals for slightly above $100,000, the major-league minimum.

Linskey, a Baltimore-born left-hander, was 7-9 with a 3.58 ERA with the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings after blitzing through the Eastern League with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns (7-1, 1.47 ERA).

Martinez was acquired from the California Angels in the Dave Gallagher deal. He is pitching for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League.

"Ray Krone [Orioles scout] said he showed remarkable improvement in the Texas League when they switched him from starting to relieving," said general manager Roland Hemond.

* Hemond said the dates for scheduled hearings for salary arbitration players probably will be announced "within a day or two."

In the Orioles' case, they involve Bill Ripken and recently acquired Glenn Davis and Jeff Robinson. Dates are Feb. 1-20.

Michael Maas, one of Ripken's representatives, said filing was for protection and that "we have talked to the Orioles and we'll continue."

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