Orioles make another pitch to Price Winter meetings notes


ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Baltimore Orioles made another attempt to persuade left-hander Joe Price to accept an incentive-laden offer to return for the 1991 season, but it apparently was no improvement over the contract proposal he rejected in October.

"It was the same offer they had revised from the option thing," said agent Joe Bick. "We declined. There are some other clubs that have shown an interest."

The Orioles have offered Price a $200,000 base salary with incentive clauses that could take his salary up to $600,000. But Bick and Price said they expect an offer from another club in the next few days.

"I think we can do better than that," Bick said. "I talked to Larry [Lucchino] and Lon [Babby] yesterday and they asked me if I had a counter proposal. I didn't because I was under the impression that they had no intention of moving on this."

Bick indicated he would be getting back to the Orioles with a counter offer in the next few days.

* Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said he talked trade with representatives of the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, but chose not to mention that he had met with the Boston Red Sox three times.

The Orioles have talked extensively with the Sox, presumably about a trade that would involve either Carlos Quintana or Phil Plantier in exchange for Pete Harnisch.

* The Cleveland Indians appeared to be on the verge of trading outfielder Cory Snyder to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Eric King last year.

Snyder has been shopped heavily around the majors since falling out of favor with manager John McNamara. He expressed an interest in playing in Baltimore, but the Indians and Orioles could not find a suitable match to make a deal.

* The New York Yankees have signed second baseman Steve Sax to a four-year contract extension that reportedly is worth $12.4 million.

Sax had been the subject of trade rumors early in the Winter Meetings, but the Yankees removed any doubt about their intentions by locking him up through 1995.

"We are extremely pleased to sign Steve to this contract," Yankees vice president George Bradley said. "He is a winning ballplayer and along with [Don] Mattingly gives us the start of a solid nucleus to build this club around."

* Outgoing Montreal Expos owner Charles Bronfman gave a farewell address to his fellow owners in which chided baseball for its runaway salary structure and encouraged them to adopt a variation of the National Basketball Association salary cap.

* The Milwaukee Brewers announced yesterday that they have signed right-handed reliever Edwin Nunez to a two-year contract.

* Free-agent infielder Rance Mulliniks was rumored to be heading back to his home state of Texas and a two-year contract with the Rangers, but yesterday he decided to stay with the Toronto Blue Jays. He signed a two-year contract.

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