NEW YORK, NOV. 21 -- The Baltimore Orioles leaped into the free agent market as promised today, making what sources said were "competitive," multiyear contract offers to outfielder-first baseman Franklin Stubbs and left-handed pitcher Matt Young.

The Orioles have maintained since late last season that their primary needs are a reliable run-producing hitter and a hard-throwing lefty to complement their predominantly right-handed pitching staff -- and that they would not be reluctant to vigorously pursue free agents to fulfill those needs. Today's maneuvering apparently was a significant step in that direction.

"We felt these were the two guys within our means who can provide what we need," a team official said. "They're not five-year {contract} guys, but they're solid . . . And they don't come cheaply."

The specifics of the Orioles' offers were not immediately clear. Stubbs's agent, Jim Turner, confirmed that he had received an offer from the club after talking to team president Larry Lucchino and General Manager Roland Hemond this afternoon, but he declined to reveal the length or value of the Orioles' proposal.

However, Turner has said he received a three-year contract offer from an unspecified club last week, so Baltimore's proposal likely would have to be of similar duration; Stubbs's asking price is thought to be about $1.5 million per year after he hit .261 with 23 home runs and 71 RBI in 448 at-bats for the Houston Astros last season.

Turner said the Orioles have assured him that Stubbs would be an every-day player in Baltimore, probably as an outfielder. He added, though, he expects more offers and doesn't believe Stubbs is close to signing with anyone.

"I don't know exactly where this thing goes from here," Turner said. "Now I'm waiting for everyone but two teams {to respond}. This should be a fairly long process.

"We'll definitely go to another level with the Orioles. From the beginning, this was a team that attracted {Stubbs}, and they should remain that way."

Young's situation probably will be resolved more quickly, according to his Baltimore-based agent, Ron Shapiro. The Orioles' proposal was Young's fifth offer, Shapiro said, adding that his client might sign by early next month.

Young was 8-18 for the Seattle Mariners last season but pitched better than his record indicates. He had an ERA of 3.51 and allowed 198 hits and 107 walks while striking out 176 in 225 1/3 innings. He apparently is the Orioles' left-hander of choice after they decided not to pursue all-star Danny Jackson.

Lucchino declined to comment today when asked about the offers and Hemond was not available. But an Orioles official said: "We made offers of what we felt was the going rate. Now we play the waiting game while they sift through their offers and decide what they want to do."