The Orioles are scheduled for an arbitration doubleheader today, when club officials meet with representatives of first baseman Randy Milligan and center fielder Mike Devereaux.
General manager Roland Hemond, club counsel Lon Babby and assistant GM Frank Robinson are in Chicago today to present the club's case in back-to-back hearings at the O'Hare Airport Hyatt Hotel.
Milligan is asking for a $1.4 million contract for the 1992 season. The club has countered at $900,000. Devereaux filed for $1.075 million after a season in which he set career highs in both home runs and RBI. The club has submitted an $875,000 salary figure.
The arbitrator in each case must choose one of the two salary figures submitted. There can be no compromise, unless the two sides agree on something before the decision is rendered. Both decisions should be announced tomorrow.
The Orioles went to an arbitration hearing for the first time in 12 years last Wednesday and quickly realized why they had stayed away so long. Arbitrator Anthony Sinicropi ruled in favor of
pitcher Bob Milacki and awarded him a salary of $1.18 million.