Orioles' Lefferts, Clements decide to file for free agency

November 03, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

Left-handed pitchers Craig Lefferts and Pat Clements filed for free agency yesterday, bringing to six the number of Orioles who have either opted to test the free-agent market or have been released by the club.

Lefferts, who was 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA in five starts after he was acquired from the San Diego Padres, is not expected to be back next year. The Orioles could have kept him by offering salary arbitration last week, but chose instead to cut him loose along with veteran right-hander Storm Davis.

Davis, who also has filed for free agency, still could return, but apparently the Orioles are not willing to offer much in the way of a guaranteed base salary.

Lefferts and Davis essentially priced themselves out of arbitration. Lefferts earned $2.04 million last year and won 14 games in his first season as a starting pitcher. Davis made $2.4 million for a season in which he posted a 7-3 record and a 3.43 ERA in middle relief. The Orioles did not want to take the risk that those numbers would impress an arbitrator enough to keep them among the highest-paid players on the club.

Clements was picked up on waivers from the Padres at midseason. He went 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles. The team has given no indication whether any attempt will be made to keep him in the Orioles' bullpen.

Six of the seven Orioles eligible to file for free agency have done so. Rick Sutcliffe filed on the first day of the filing period. Mike Flanagan and Joe Orsulak followed suit the following day. The only eligible player not to file was veteran catcher Rick Dempsey, who has expressed his intention to retire if he can find a job managing in the minor leagues.

Major-league free agents

The 115 players who have filed for free agency. Players with six or more seasons of major-league service whose contracts have expired and who are not bound by repeater rights restrictions may file for free agency through Sunday. (x-filed conditionally pending club decision on 1993 option):

American League

Orioles (6) -- Pat Clements, lhp; Storm Davis, rhp; Mike Flanagan, lhp; Craig Lefferts, lhp; Joe Orsulak, of; Rick Sutcliffe, rhp.

Boston (3) -- Wade Boggs, 3b; Tom Brunansky, of; Billy Hatcher, of.

California (3) -- Hubie Brooks, of; Rene Gonzales, 3b; Ken Oberkfell, 3b.

Chicago (2) -- Charlie Hough, rhp; Dale Sveum, ss.

Cleveland (3) -- x-Brook Jacoby, 3b; Junior Ortiz, c; Eric Plunk, rhp.

Detroit (4) -- Dave Bergman, 1b; Eric King, rhp; Gary Pettis, of; Lou Whitaker, 2b.

Kansas City (4) -- Jim Eisenreich, of; Mark Gubicza, rhp; Bob Melvin, c; Curtis Wilkerson, ss.

Milwaukee (5) -- Chris Bosio, rhp; Scott Fletcher, 2b; Paul Molitor, 1b; Dan Plesac, lhp; Kevin Seitzer, 3b.

Minnesota (5) -- Randy Bush, of; Greg Gagne, ss; Mike Pagliarulo, 3b; Kirby Puckett, of; John Smiley, lhp.

New York (2) -- Mel Hall, of; Scott Sanderson, rhp.

Oakland (12) -- Harold Baines, of; Ron Darling, rhp; Kelly Downs, rhp; Rick Honeycutt, lhp; Mark McGwire, 1b; Mike Moore, rhp; Jamie Quirk, c; Randy Ready, 2b; Jeff Russell, rhp; Ruben Sierra, of; Terry Steinbach, c; Dave Stewart, rhp.

Seattle (3) -- Henry Cotto, of; Mark Grant, rhp; Harold Reynolds, 2b.

Texas (4) -- Jose Guzman, rhp; Al Newman, 2b; Edwin Nunez, rhp; John Russell, c.

Toronto (11) -- Joe Carter, of; David Cone, rhp; Mark Eichhorn, rhp; Alfredo Griffin, ss; Tom Henke, rhp; Jimmy Key, lhp; Candy Maldonado, of; Rance Mulliniks, 3b; Dave Stieb, rhp; Pat Tabler, of; Dave Winfield, of.

National League

Atlanta (2) -- Mike Bielecki, rhp; Jeff Reardon, rhp.

Chicago (3) -- Greg Maddux, rhp; Jeff D. Robinson, rhp; Dave Smith, rhp.

Cincinnati (6) -- Scott Bankhead, rhp; Glenn Braggs, of; Darnell Coles, 3b; Dave Martinez, of; Jeff Reed, c.; Greg Swindell, lhp.

Houston (1) -- Rob Murphy, lhp.

Los Angeles (4) -- Dave Anderson, ss; Roger McDowell, rhp; Bob Ojeda, lhp; Mitch Webster, of.

Montreal (2) -- Bill Krueger, lhp; Spike Owen, ss.

New York (6) -- Daryl Boston, of; Lee Guetterman, lhp; Barry Jones, rhp; Dave Magadan, 1b; Willie Randolph, 2b; Dick Schofield, ss.

Philadelphia (3) -- Ken Howell, rhp; Stan Javier, of; Steve Lake, c.

Pittsburgh (3) -- Barry Bonds, of; Doug Drabek, rhp; Gary Redus, 1b.

St. Louis (10) -- Frank DiPino, lhp; Andres Galarraga, 1b; Rich Gedman, c; Pedro Guerrero, of; Bob McClure, lhp; Bryn Smith, rhp; Ozzie Smith, ss; Scott Terry, rhp; Milt Thompson, of; Todd Worrell, rhp.

San Diego (4) -- Larry Andersen, rhp; Jim Deshaies, lhp; Randy Myers, lhp; Benito Santiago, c.

San Francisco (4) -- Mike Felder, of; Chris James, of; Cory Snyder, of; Jose Uribe, ss.

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