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Tim Crothers
June 22, 1998
The perpetually payroll-slashing Reds are shopping their most expensive and valuable asset, shortstop Barry Larkin, though neither Larkin nor Reds management is taking responsibility for that decision. Larkin, who has spent his entire 13-year career in Cincinnati, claims that he has not asked to be traded. But Reds general manager Jim Bowden insists that he received a call two weeks ago during which Larkin's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, submitted a list of four teams—Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Diego and San Francisco—for whom Larkin would waive his no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player. Larkin will admit that he's frustrated by the Reds' penny-pinching style and fears that the team won't get back to a World Series during his career However, because he will earn $5.3 million in each of the next two seasons and is off to a slower-than-usual start (five homers and 29 RBIs at week's end) following surgery in March to correct a bulging disk in his neck, it may be difficult for the Reds to get fair value for him in a trade.
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June 22, 1998

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The perpetually payroll-slashing Reds are shopping their most expensive and valuable asset, shortstop Barry Larkin, though neither Larkin nor Reds management is taking responsibility for that decision. Larkin, who has spent his entire 13-year career in Cincinnati, claims that he has not asked to be traded. But Reds general manager Jim Bowden insists that he received a call two weeks ago during which Larkin's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, submitted a list of four teams—Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Diego and San Francisco—for whom Larkin would waive his no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player. Larkin will admit that he's frustrated by the Reds' penny-pinching style and fears that the team won't get back to a World Series during his career However, because he will earn $5.3 million in each of the next two seasons and is off to a slower-than-usual start (five homers and 29 RBIs at week's end) following surgery in March to correct a bulging disk in his neck, it may be difficult for the Reds to get fair value for him in a trade.

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