No arbitration for Lefferts, S. Davis
As expected, the Orioles last night announced that they would not offer arbitration to pitchers Storm Davis and Craig Lefferts. Both are eligible to become unrestricted free agents and are expected to file immediately.
The Orioles obtained Davis from the Kansas City Royals last winter, and Lefferts from the San Diego Padres on Aug. 31. They had been signed by their former teams as free agents and thus did not have the option of refiling unless they were not offered arbitration.
Davis was 7-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 48 games, all but two as a reliever. Lefferts was 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA in five starts with the Orioles.
General manager Roland Hemond indicated he would continue to negotiate with both pitchers.
"We've had some discussions and will continue to talk," said Hemond.
Davis, who started his career with the Orioles, said after his return that he would like to make a permanent home and finish his career in Baltimore. He was unavailable for comment last night.
Lefferts said he still is interested in returning to the Orioles. "They came to the conclusion that they didn't want to offer me arbitration," he said from his home in California.
"It was a business decision they felt they had to make. But the Orioles have indicated an interest in me, and I have indicated an interest in them," said the left-hander.
Can't wait till April?
The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority have set up a schedule for winter tours of Oriole Park. They will begin Nov. 1 and extend through March 31, seven days a week.
Monday through Saturday the tours will begin at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. On Sundays, the tours will start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2.50 for children and will be sold daily starting at 10 a.m. at the Orioles Baseball Store on the first floor of the B&O; warehouse.
Lucchino guest speaker
Orioles president Larry Lucchino will participate in a seven-part series on major-league baseball at the Smithsonian Institution. He will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m.
From the beginning
Charlie Jasper, who has worked for the Orioles since their inception in 1954, most recently in stadium operations, will retire today.