The American League East has lost Hurst, Clark, Murray, Franco and Terrell without getting much in return. In addition to picking up Hawkins, Jones and McCullers, the Yankees shelled out $2,575 million over three years to land free-agent Dave LaPoint, a lefthanded starter with a 67-66 lifetime record. The Red Sox extracted promising righthander John Dopson from the Expos for backup shortstop Spike Owen but will probably have to settle for someone like free-agent Jim Clancy to fill the void left by Hurst. The way things are going, the 33-year-old Clancy, who has a career record of 128-140 with a 4.10 ERA, will command at least $2.5 million for two years. At week's end his agent, Randy Hendricks, said, "We've gone from here [pointing to his kneel to here [holding his hand at shoulder level], and we really haven't started talking."
Stick by the phone, Rennie. That call you've been waiting for could come any day now.