But Crews is not left-handed, so Executive Vice President Fred Claire said he thought it was essential to acquire another left-hander. The Dodgers scouted Horton as early as June, and special assignment scout Phil Regan has been in Chicago since Sunday. Claire said he and Larry Himes, the White Sox general manager, had been talking over the weekend and reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon.
"I think the addition of Ricky Horton is extremely important," Claire said. "It gives our staff a good balance. There are times when we need a left-handed pitcher in relief during the middle innings, whether it's (against) Will Clark or (Darryl) Strawberry or Keith Hernandez. Ricky's had success against left-handers and in the National League."
Hershiser said he had mixed emotions about the trade.
"Baseball-wise, it's probably an outstanding move for the team," Hershiser said. "For a guy like Tim, who's pitched well and then gets sent down one day before the playoff roster comes out, it's tough. It's the hard facts of baseball, but also hard to take. He'll get a full (playoff) share. I'll fight and scratch and not let any player leave the room until they vote him one."
Speaking strictly as a pitcher, though, Hershiser said another left-handed starter will be welcomed.