The Baltimore Orioles announced yesterday that they have signed utility infielder Tim Hulett to a contract for the 1992 season.
Hulett, who batted .204 in a limited role last year, will earn $380,000 next year. The club also retained an option for the 1993 season.
"Tim has done a satisfactory job in the role he's in," general manager Roland Hemond said, "and he has done a good job of keeping himself prepared in case we need him."
He is the third player from the 1991 squad to re-sign. Reliever Mike Flanagan agreed to terms on the final day of the regular season, and free agent Glenn Davis signed a two-year contract in November.
The Orioles also have signed minor-league free agents Eric Hetzel and Todd Pratt this off-season.
The front-office calendar remains full. Club officials leave for the winter meetings in Miami tomorrow, which is also the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to players who have filed for free agency.
Outfielder Dwight Evans falls into that category. If the Orioles do not offer arbitration, they would not be entitled to draft-choice compensation if he signs with another club.
Hemond would say only that talks continue with Evans' agent, Jack Sands, and that the two sides have kept the negotiations on an amicable basis.
The Orioles have told Evans that he would not be considered for a full-time role in the outfield next year, but manager John Oates has made it clear that he wants Evans to be a part of the club.