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Tim Crothers
August 03, 1998
There is a growing faction within the Dodgers that is questioning whether fledgling general manager Tommy Lasorda can handle the job. First, Lasorda dealt prized prospect Paul Konerko and lefthander Dennis Reyes to the Reds for closer Jeff Shaw and later admitted that he wasn't aware Shaw had the right to demand a trade after the season—and can become a free agent if the Dodgers don't comply by March 15. Then Lasorda engineered two more unpopular deals. The L.A. players grumbled after Lasorda acquired starter Brian Bohanon by sending middle reliever Greg McMichael back to the Mets, who are competing with the Dodgers for the wild card and had been suffering since losing McMichael in the June trade for Hideo Nomo. Worse, Lasorda improved the Padres by sending them reliever Jim Bruske in exchange for Class A righthander Widd Workman. Lasorda ignored the fact that the Dodgers and Padres are such bitter division rivals that they hadn't made a trade since April 17, 1969. "I can't believe it," one L.A. player said of the Bruske trade. "The Padres need help in the bullpen, and we're helping them out?"
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August 03, 1998

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There is a growing faction within the Dodgers that is questioning whether fledgling general manager Tommy Lasorda can handle the job. First, Lasorda dealt prized prospect Paul Konerko and lefthander Dennis Reyes to the Reds for closer Jeff Shaw and later admitted that he wasn't aware Shaw had the right to demand a trade after the season—and can become a free agent if the Dodgers don't comply by March 15. Then Lasorda engineered two more unpopular deals. The L.A. players grumbled after Lasorda acquired starter Brian Bohanon by sending middle reliever Greg McMichael back to the Mets, who are competing with the Dodgers for the wild card and had been suffering since losing McMichael in the June trade for Hideo Nomo. Worse, Lasorda improved the Padres by sending them reliever Jim Bruske in exchange for Class A righthander Widd Workman. Lasorda ignored the fact that the Dodgers and Padres are such bitter division rivals that they hadn't made a trade since April 17, 1969. "I can't believe it," one L.A. player said of the Bruske trade. "The Padres need help in the bullpen, and we're helping them out?"

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