Orioles, Lefferts still talking, but team's interest is...

December 07, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Orioles, Lefferts still talking, but team's interest is light

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said yesterday that the Orioles still are talking to left-hander Craig Lefferts, but it seems apparent that the club's interest in re-signing him is light.

"I think he would like to be with us," Hemond said, "but then again, you have to determine what's right."

The Orioles declined to offer Lefferts arbitration when his contract expired at the end of the 1992 season, because they did not want to take the chance that an arbitrator would think a 14-victory season was enough to warrant a substantial increase over his $2.2 million salary.

But Hemond said that he had no regrets about the deal that brought Lefferts to the Orioles in August.

"I would do it again," he said. "It wasn't that he was a bust. He did a good job, but he had a lot of bad luck. I felt sorry for him. His 1-3 record with us was not indicative of his overall performance."

Stewart to Texas?

Texas Rangers general manager Tom Grieve has confirmed that the club is interested in signing Oaklanad Athletics free-agent pitcher Dave Stewart to a two-year contract. Stewart, who spent a couple of frustrating years with the Rangers before emerging as one of baseball's premier starting pitchers, is upset that the A's have offered him only a

one-year contract worth $2.7 million with a club option on 1994.

Carter to Royals?

There were strong rumors yesterday that the Kansas City Royals had come to terms with Toronto Blue Jays free-agent outfielder Joe Carter. The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next few days, would call for Carter to earn $20 million over four years.

Braves pursue Maddux

Braves general manager John Schuerholz said Atlanta is in the hunt for free-agent pitcher Greg Maddux, the National League Cy Young Award winner.

"But I wouldn't overblow this thing," Schuerholz said. "I'm not sure whether our bid is up there with the other offers."

Arbitration deadline

The owners meetings threaten to dominate the headlines, but today also is D-Day for the 130-or-so free agents who remain unsigned. They must be offered arbitration by their original clubs or they are precluded from re-signing with those teams until May 1.

Many clubs are waiting until after the deadline to talk with Type-A players who would cost them their first choice in the free-agent draft.

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