"Sometimes you have to take chances," says general manager Dave Dombrowski, who traded three of his best young pitchers to Seattle in '89, betting that Langston could pitch the Expos to the division title. "I think I would have felt worse if we had finished a game or two out. That way I would have wondered what else we could have done."
To make up for the exodus of their pitchers, the Expos signed free agents Oil Can Boyd, Dave Schmidt and Joaquin Andujar. Said Andujar to Dombrowski, "Don't pay me until after I win 20." Andujar's fastball did not match his bravado, however, and he was released last week. Boyd looked pretty good this spring, though. Besides Oil Can and Martinez, the rotation will include Zane Smith, Kevin Gross and Mark Gardner. Between them and closer Tim Burke, there is virtually nothing.
The Expos are hoping that young outfielders Larry Walker, the fifth native Canadian to play for Montreal, and Marquis Grissom, a speedster who's already being compared with Andre Dawson, will do for them what Walton and Dwight Smith did for the Cubs last year. The competition at second base is heavy, but the aforementioned Delino DeShields may yet win the job. The bottom line is that this is going to be a rebuilding year for the Expos. As they say on the streets of Montreal, Attendez I'année prochaine.
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