The Baltimore Orioles continue to stock up on pitching for the hard spring ahead. The club signed former Minnesota Twins right-hander Roy Smith to a minor-league contract yesterday and invited him to spring training as a non-roster player.
Smith, 29, was 5-10 with a 4.81 ERA for the Twins last year and won his only decision against the Orioles. He has a 4-0 lifetime record against Baltimore, but has a 21-27 lifetime record against the rest of the American League. His best major-league season was 1989, when he was 10-6 with a 3.92 ERA.
Pitching was an off-season priority even before the Orioles included starter Pete Harnisch and reliever Curt Schilling in a trade to the Houston Astros for Glenn Davis. But since then, the club has stepped up its efforts to make sure there is no shortage of pitching depth when pitcher and catcher workouts begin Feb. 22.
Smith and right-hander Jeff Robinson (who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers for Mickey Tettleton) will get a chance to compete for possible openings in both the bullpen and starting rotation. The Orioles also announced yesterday that they have signed six-year minor-league free agent Israel Sanchez to a Class AAA Rochester Red Wings contract, but he apparently will be assigned to minor-league camp.
* The club has added a sixth minor-league club for the 1991 season, a short-season entry in the Gulf Coast League that will play its games at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla. It is the first time since 1985 that the Orioles have had as many as six minor-league affiliates. The Sarasota entry will begin playing in June.
* There are Orioles players on three of the four teams that will compete in the Caribbean postseason tournament. Shortstop Juan Bell plays for the Dominican champion, Licey; Oswaldo Peraza pitches for Lara, the Venezuelan champion; and third baseman Leo Gomez is a member of the Santurce club that will represent Puerto Rico.
* The club announced several administrative moves yesterday. Aric Holsinger was promoted to chief financial officer, Michael Fiorelli was named marketing coordinator and Scott Indorf was named assistant director of stadium operations.
* The Orioles also named Paul Zwaska the new head groundskeeper, replacing Pat Santorone, who recently announced his retirement.