Worthington asks Padres for trade

National League notes

March 29, 1992

Immediately after the San Diego Padres acquired third baseman Gary Sheffield from the Milwaukee Brewers, former Oriole Craig Worthington marched into general manager Joe McIlvaine's office and demanded a trade. The Padres told him they would try to accommodate him.

"Now that they have another third baseman, I'm no use to them," said Worthington, who hit his first home run of the spring earlier Friday. "I've got to play every day.

"I just don't know why they did this. At the very least, give me a good month into the season to see what I can do. They have no idea what I could do."

The Padres acquired Worthington from the Orioles on Feb. 18 in a trade for Triple-A pitcher Jim Lewis and Single-A outfielder Steve Martin.

* EXPOS: Reliever Bill Landrum, cut by Pittsburgh last week in a sudden move, signed with Montreal.

Landrum, 33, led the Pirates with 17 saves last season, and was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in a team-high 61 appearances. He was

released for what he believes were strictly financial considerations.

Pittsburgh, in letting Landrum loose, was obligated to pay him only $425,000 of the $1.7 million contract he held for this season. The players association is planning to file a grievance in Landrum's behalf.

Terms of Landrum's contract with Montreal were not available.

The New York Yankees also had pursued Landrum, but announced their withdrawal shortly before Montreal made the signing official.

Yankees general manager Gene Michael said the team conducted a Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination of Landrum's right knee on Thursday that revealed a slight cartilage tear.

Montreal general manager Dan Duquette said of the injury, "That's an area of concern, but if it was a big concern we wouldn't have signed him."

* DODGERS: Greg Smith (Glenelg), an infielder without options, has cleared waivers. It is considered doubtful that he will remain in the organization.

If he leaves, the Dodgers will have gotten virtually nothing for prospect Jose Vizcaino, who was traded to the Cubs for Smith.

* CUBS: Andre Dawson won't be offered a contract extension this week, a decision the right fielder called "a slap in the face."

Dawson said Friday that because of the decision of the Tribune Co., which owns the team, he is all but convinced this season will be his last with the Cubs. Dawson, who can become a free agent after the World Series, said he will not negotiate with the Cubs during the season.

Dawson was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1987, when the Cubs finished last.

* REDS: The team decided to release reliever Ted Power rather than give him a guaranteed $350,000 contract.

Power, 37, came to training camp under contract with Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander led the Reds with 68 appearances last season, going 5-3 with three saves and a 3.62 ERA.

Under Power's contract, the Reds had to either sign him to a major-league agreement yesterday or make him a free agent. The Reds had agreed to a $350,000 base salary with a possible $150,000 in appearance bonuses if they kept him.

Power has been erratic this spring, giving up 15 hits and six earned runs in 12 1/3 innings for a 4.38 ERA. But his statistics were better than those of several younger pitchers competing for relief roles.

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