Todd Benzinger's first pinch-hit homer of the season represented more than the only Dodgers' run in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
It could have also been a farewell gift.
"I don't see why the Dodgers would want to have me around next year, doing what I'm doing . . . even if I am making less money," Benzinger said. "In some ways, this is an exciting time for the Dodgers with all their young players. A guy like me is lost in the shuffle."
Benzinger said he has realized that all the talk last December about playing him at first base was rhetoric.
"I know that when they traded for me, they just wanted to cover themselves," Benzinger said. "If they knew then what they know now--that Eric Karros would play the way he is playing--I wouldn't be here. I might still be in Kansas City."
He added: "The only reason they got me (for Chris Gwynn) was because their minds were not made up about first base. I was little more than insurance for Eric and Kal (Daniels)."