Rangers sign free agent Lefferts after talks with Orioles stall

January 14, 1993|By Jim Henneman

You can scratch Craig Lefferts from the dwindling list of candidates for the fifth spot in the Orioles' starting rotation.

The veteran left-hander yesterday signed a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Terms were not disclosed, but Lefferts likely will make less than half the $2.1 million he earned last year.

After going 13-9 (3.69 ERA) for the San Diego Padres, Lefferts was obtained by the Orioles (for minor-league shortstop Ricky Gutierrez and pitcher Erik Schullstrom) for the last month of the 1992 season. He was impressive despite a 1-3 record (4.09 ERA) in five starts, and the club expressed interest in bringing him back -- but at a much lower salary.

Lifetime he is 54-62 with a 3.17 ERA and 100 saves.

"I talked to Steve Compte [Lefferts' agent] several times," said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond. "We always kept the lines of communication open, but we just weren't getting together."

* The Clinic of the Stars, for boys and girls 8 to 14, will be TC Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UMBC. There will be instruction, an autograph session and viewing of the Orioles' 1992 highlight tape.

Among players and coaches scheduled to appear are Jim Poole, Jeff Tackett, Dick Bosman, Elrod Hendricks, Kevin Hickey and Joe Durham.

The cost is $3 per person, with a ballpark lunch available at an additional cost. Proceeds go to the UMBC baseball team.

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