Royals may pursue Strawberry trade

November 04, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have talked with the Kansas City Royals about a possible trade involving Darryl Strawberry, according to a well-placed source. Talks supposedly have centered on outfielder Kevin McReynolds and a couple of other Royals players.

The Royals could use Strawberry as a designated hitter to replace the retired George Brett, or as a left fielder, replacing McReynolds, who has fallen out of favor with Royals management after batting .245 last season with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs.

Sources say the $8 million remaining on Strawberry's two-year contract with the Dodgers is not a problem for Kansas City.

Fred Claire, Dodgers executive vice president, said last night he had no comment on a possible trade involving Strawberry. But Claire did say the controversy over a statement Strawberry made has not finished him with the Dodgers.

"I'm disappointed. It's unfortunate," Claire said from the general managers' meetings in Naples, Fla. "Darryl's worked hard, he has played well [on the Asian tour] and he has had a great attitude.

"But the statements he made were unfortunate, and I think Darryl is disappointed, too."

Strawberry, talking with reporters Tuesday from Japan, flippantly said before the start of a news conference, after being told about the fires in Malibu: "Let it burn. I don't live there anymore."

Strawberry, who at the time didn't know the severity of the fires, later apologized. Yesterday, he issued another apology.

"I am truly sorry about some of the statements I made yesterday," Strawberry said in a statement. "I realize that it was something I should not have said, even jokingly, because of the seriousness of the situation."

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