If the Orioles are going to be active during the winter meetings that start later this week, they'll have a lot of room to maneuver.
General manager Roland Hemond opened up another spot on the roster yesterday when he announced that righthander Stacy Jones had been outrighted to Triple A Rochester. The Orioles now have three spots open on their 40-man roster.
Jones was with the Orioles for 15 days last year, appearing in four games and compiling a 4.09 earned run average in 11 innings. He joined the club July 30, the day the pitching staff was purged in Seattle, then returned to Rochester Aug. 15.
The big righthander, who was the club's No. 3 draft choice in 1988, hurt his shoulder and didn't pitch after Aug. 25. The injury probably enabled him to clear waivers, a move necessary to get Jones off the major-league roster.
As a waived player, Jones will be eligible for the Rule V draft when the major-league meetings open next week. He could be claimed for $50,000, but would either have to spend the entire year in the big leagues or be offered back to the Orioles at half the price.
With only 37 players on the roster, Hemond will have room to add three players, either via trades, free-agent acquisitions, or the minor-league (Rule V) draft of players with three years minor-league experience who are left unprotected.