ST. LOUIS -Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball chief operating officer Robert DuPuy both insisted yesterday that there is no stalemate in compensation negotiations with Orioles owner Peter Angelos over the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington.
"There are just a lot of details to be worked out," Selig said, "but we'll work out all that stuff. We can only be in one place at one time."
DuPuy said he exchanged phone calls with Orioles vice chairman Joe Foss yesterday, but DuPuy also said that the delay in completing a deal to indemnify the Orioles for potential losses related to the arrival of a second team in the region.
"I read in one paper today that the deal seems to be going south and in another paper that it's almost done," DuPuy said.
The Angelos negotiations, he said, have been friendly.
"We've had a lot of discussions and we've had agreement on some philosophical issues and some disagreements on some issues," DuPuy said. "We're very confident we'll get everything done."