Draft lets Orioles put on best game face Focus is baseball, not business as usual

November 19, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Source: New York Times Money players The top-paid players at each position last season, according to The New York Times salary survey (salary in millions): P.. ...Player, team.. .. .. .. .. ..Sal. ..D. Gooden, NYM.. .. .. .. .. .5.17 C.. .Benito Santiago, SD.. .. .. ...3.30 1B. ...Cecil Fielder, Det... .. .. .4.50 2B.. .Bill Doran, Cin... .. .. .. ..2.83 .Terry Pendleton, Atl... .. ...3.08 SS.. ..Barry Larkin, Cin... .. .. ..4.35 OF.. ..Bobby Bonilla, NYM.. .. .. ..6.10 OF.. ..D. Tartabull, NYY.. .. .. ...5.30 OF.. ..Ruben Sierra, Oak... .. .. ..5.00Staff Writer

Now that it's over, Roland Hemond considers the National League expansion draft a positive experience.

Not because of the $190 million that was dumped into thbaseball economy ($95 million from each of the two new teams). And not just because the Orioles survived with out heavy losses -- under the circumstances that was expected.

With the flexibility gained by Glenn Davis' waiving his no-tradclause and the advance knowledge that neither of the new clubs was inclined to take veteran players, the Orioles didn't figure to sustain a serious casualty. Had they been forced to expose David Segui or Luis Mercedes, both of whom could figure prominently next year and either of whom most likely would have been selected, the club would have been forced to fill in at least one spot on the roster.

As it is, the Orioles are intact. And the two players they wermost concerned about losing, left-handed starter John O'Donoghue and outfielder Damon Buford, are still in the organization.

But the nicks suffered by the organization with the loss oright-handed pitchers Kip Yaughn and Richie Lewis ended up being a bonus for Hemond. It was the man-hours spent in preparation for the draft to stock the Colorado and Florida franchises that the Orioles' GM found exhilarating.

"We spend so much on the business aspects of the gamtoday," said Hemond, "that we don't talk enough about the game.

"We spent a lot of time preparing for the draft, trying to projecwhich players would be protected and which ones would be taken. We tried to go over not only our list, but every other team's and consider every possible scenario.

"We spent a lot of time talking about players, talking about baseball," said Hemond, "and I think it was therapeutic for all of us."

Now that the draft is history, the Orioles can get on with theipreparations for next season.

They have to decide whether or not they want to retain free-agent pitchers Rick Sutcliffe, Storm Davis and Craig Lefferts and outfielder Joe Orsulak. They again have to address the problem of a roster that is out of balance with three first basemen (Davis, Segui and Randy Milligan) and a rarely used designated hitter (Sam Horn).

Hemond is evasive about his plans for the roster, but hints apossible changes. "We realize that we have to make adjustments," he said. "But we did win 89 games with that group last year.

"You can't expect the same years from everybody, we knothat. You hope those who had good years continue, and those who didn't improve," said Hemond. "You take into consideration that they're a year older and you hope that the young guys are on the upgrade, but you also have to be careful that others aren't on the downscale. That's something you have to pay attention to constantly."

When asked if there were any players on the roster who would not be offered contracts, Hemond declined to comment. Anybody who isn't offered a contract by Dec. 20 automatically becomes a free agent.

It is the same scenario that prompted the Orioles to decline offers of arbitration to Storm Davis and Lefferts. In offering a contract, a club can cut a player's salary by no more than 20 percent, but once he's a free agent, the bidding starts at the minimum salary ($109,000). Storm Davis and Lefferts had contracts in excess of $2 million. Bob Milacki, who made $1.15 million and spent half of last year at Rochester, is likely to face the same fate.

Orioles flying south

The career statistics of Orioles pitchers Kip Yaughn and Richie Lewis, who were selected by the Florida Marlins in Tuesday's expansion draft:

KIP YAUGHN

Yr. Club.. .. .. W-L.. .. ..ERA.. .. ..IP.. .. .. ..SO

'90 Wausau.. .. .2-4.. .. ..5.29.. .. .51.. .. .. ..47

'91 Fred... .. .11-8.. .. ..3.94.. ...162.. .. .. .155

'92 H'town.. .. .7-8.. .. ..3.48.. ...116.. .. .. .106

Totals.. .. .. .20-20.. .. .3.99.. .. 329.. .. .. .308

RICHIE LEWIS

Yr. Club.. .. .. W-L.. .. ..ERA.. .. ..IP.. .. .. ..SO

'87 Ind... .. ...0-0.. .. ..9.82.. .. .3 2/3 .. .. .. ...3

'88 J'ville.. ...5-3.. .. ..4.70.. .. 61 1/3 .. .. .. ..60

'89 J'ville.. ...5-4.. .. ..2.58.. .. 94 1/3 .. .. ....105

'90 W.P.Bch.. ...0-1.. .. ..3.00.. ...15.. .. .. ...14

J'ville.. .. ....0-0.. .. ..1.26.. ...14 1/3 .. .. .. ..14

'91 H'burg.. .. .6-5.. .. ..3.74.. .. 74 2/3 .. .. .. ..82

Ind... .. .. ....1-0.. .. ..3.58.. ...27 2/3 .. .. .. ..22

Roch... .. .. ...1-0.. .. ..2.81.. ...16.. .. .. ...18

'92 Roch... .. .10-9.. .. ..3.28.. ..159 1/3 .. .. .. .154

Balt... .. .. ...1-1.. .. .10.80.. .. .6 2/3 .. .. .. .. 4

Totals.. .. .. .29-23.. .. .3.31.. ...473.. .. .. .476

Orioles salaries

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Salaries for Orioles players in 1992, including bonuses:

Glenn Davis.. .. .. .. .. ...$3,415,000

Storm Davis.. .. .. .. .. ...$2,566,667

Rick Sutcliffe.. .. .. .. ...$2,400,000

Cal Ripken.. .. .. .. .. .. .$2,100,000

Craig Lefferts.. .. .. .. .. $2,066,667

Gregg Olson.. .. .. .. .. ...$1,450,000

Joe Orsulak.. .. .. .. .. ...$1,300,000

Randy Milligan.. .. .. .. ...$1,200,000

Mike Devereaux.. .. .. .. ...$1,025,000

Mark Williamson.. .. .. .. .. .$900,000

Mike Flanagan.. .. .. .. .. ...$750,000

Bill Ripken.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$730,000

Sam Horn.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$687,500

Ben McDonald.. .. .. .. .. .. .$500,000

Tim Hulett.. .. .. .. .. .. ...$380,000

Brady Anderson.. .. .. .. .. ..$365,000

Mark McLemore.. .. .. .. .. .. $325,000

Todd Frohwirth.. .. .. .. .. ..$265,000

Chris Hoiles.. .. .. .. .. ....$175,000

Mike Mussina.. .. .. .. .. .. .$152,500

Leo Gomez.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .$150,000

David Segui.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$150,000

Pat Clements.. .. .. .. .. .. .$145,000

Alan Mills.. .. .. .. .. .. ...$142,000

Chito Martinez.. .. .. .. .. ..$140,000

Jeff Tackett.. .. .. .. .. .. .$109,000

Arthur Rhodes.. .. .. .. .. ...$109,000

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