Baltimore Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams has contacted former Chicago White Sox general manager Roland Hemond about taking a similar job with the Orioles, and one major league source said Hemond has been offered the job.
However, that source also said Hemond, who now works for Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, is more interested in replacing Dallas Green as general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
"He won't take anything until he hears from the Cubs," the source said.
Hemond refused to comment yesterday but apparently has talked to Cubs officials about the job. Former Cubs manager Jim Frey also is a candidate for the Chicago job.
Meanwhile, Williams and coach Frank Robinson met this week to discuss Robinson's new job with the team. Williams has said reports that Robinson will be the new general manager are incorrect, but has told several friends that Robinson will be promoted to a front office position.
Williams was unavailable for comment, but has said he'll announce details of the club's reorganized front office by Thanksgiving. Hank Peters was fired as general manager Oct. 5.
It now appears that control will be divided among about three persons, with an unnamed general manager at the top, Doug Melvin serving as farm director and Robinson in some kind of player personnel job.
Meanwhile, the Orioles acquired center fielder Joe Orsulak from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor leaguers. Orsulak, 25, hit .231 this season with AAA Vancouver, but played only 39 games because of a broken left foot. In 1985, he led all National League rookies with a .300 batting average. A contact hitter with above average speed, Orsulak is projected onto the Orioles' roster next season.
"I felt we had a need for a fourth outfielder, especially a center fielder since we had to play Mike Young, Mike Hart and Lee Lacy there," said Melvin, the Orioles' acting general manager. "We're comfortable with the trade because we didn't have to give up any pitching."
The Orioles sent the Pirates two minor league infielders, shortstop Terry Crowley Jr. and third baseman Rico Rossy. Crowley is the son of Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley, who is expected to be replaced when a new general manager is hired. Orsulak is playing this winter in the Dominican Republic for John Hart, the Orioles' manager at Class AAA Rochester.