Sutcliffe talks may be in final stage

Orioles notes

November 15, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Negotiations between the Orioles and Rick Sutcliffe could be nearing completion.

Barry Axelrod, who represents the veteran pitcher, said he was "guardedly optimistic" about reaching an agreement.

"It's been going real well," Axelrod said of his discussions with the club. "I think both sides have an equal interest in getting it done quickly. I'm guardedly optimistic."

Sutcliffe, who doubled his guaranteed $1.2 million salary with performance clauses last year, was one of the first players to file for free agency. However, he has expressed a desire to work out a multi-year agreement with the Orioles.

It is likely that the Orioles are offering Sutcliffe an incentive-laden package similar to the one he signed a year ago. The 36-year-old right-hander was 17-16 with a 4.47 ERA in 1992.

He led the Orioles with 36 starts and was second in innings pitched (237 1/3 ) to Mike Mussina (241).

Dauer's contract not renewed

Former Oriole Richie Dauer was one of the casualties of a cutback in the club's minor-league operation.

Dauer, who was a roving infield instructor, did not have his contract renewed for 1993 along with Phil Wellman, who managed Sarasota in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, and Mike Young, a coach at Rochester.

Dauer, who previously had coached third base for two years for the Cleveland Indians, could be a candidate for the same job with the Texas Rangers.

Kevin Kennedy, a former player in the Orioles' minor-league system, recently was named manager of the Rangers, who are still looking for a third-base coach.

Vulnerable prospects

The Orioles' minor-league prospects who appear most vulnerable for Tuesday's National League expansion draft are pitchers Jeff Williams, John O'Donoghue, Kip Yaughn, Anthony Telford and Mike Oquist, and outfielders Paul Carey, Mel Wearing and Damon Buford.

Except for Telford, all have minor-league options left, which could make them appealing.

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