The Baltimore Orioles apparently are set to make a contract offer this week to free agent Franklin Stubbs. They had been expected to do so yesterday, but it wasn't forthcoming.
Stubbs's agent, Jim Turner, said last night team officials had indicated recently they were prepared to make an offer for Stubbs, who hit .261 with 23 home runs and 71 RBI for the Houston Astros last season while splitting time between first base and the outfield.
But Turner said he had not heard from the Orioles as of last evening, and he seemed somewhat puzzled. "They told me they were going to" make an offer soon, he said. "I'm waiting to hear from them."
Turner said he received an offer last week for Stubbs, a three-year deal from a team he declined to name. The agent refused to discuss specifics of his negotiations with other clubs, but it is believed Stubbs is seeking a contract worth about $1.5 million per year.
Orioles officials were not available to comment last night. An offer to Stubbs apparently would be the club's first significant move in an offseason in which it hopes primarily to find a reliable run-producer and a dependable left-handed pitcher.