November 12, 1998 |
Completing an expected deal, the Dodgers on Wednesday ended their brief and stormy relationship with Bobby Bonilla, sending the veteran infielder-outfielder and $1 million to the New York Mets for pitcher Mel Rojas. On the third day of the general managers' meetings here, the Dodgers and Mets swapped players they had been discussing trading for several weeks, paving the way for Adrian Beltre to start at third base for the Dodgers next season.
October 25, 1998 |
The Dodgers already would have a deal in place to send Bobby Bonilla to the New York Mets if they also were willing to include Eric Young, baseball sources said Saturday. New York General Manager Steve Phillips is willing to take Bonilla, whom the Dodgers are eager to move, if the Dodgers agree to send Young, a second baseman and leadoff batter, to the Mets in a proposed multiplayer trade.
September 14, 1998 |
Bobby Bonilla has heard the rumors, and read speculation about his future with the Dodgers. Some believe that the third baseman should not be an everyday player, and that club officials should attempt to trade the high-priced veteran during the off-season. But Bonilla might prove his detractors wrong. He continues to contribute despite being slowed by constant pain, driving in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Sunday.
August 17, 1998 |
Third base isn't big enough for Bobby Bonilla and rookie Adrian Beltre, meaning the Dodgers have another problem. The logjam has been created because team officials recently accepted that Bonilla, 35, can't play regularly in the outfield. The 13-year veteran acknowledges that he's lost a step, especially after undergoing off-season surgery on his left Achilles' tendon. Bonilla has performed well while starting the last two games at third.
August 14, 1998 |
The Bobby Bonilla experiment in left field is over, ending both his frustration and that of the Dodgers. Manager Glenn Hoffman informed Bonilla before Thursday's game that he will be a pinch-hitter for now while working his way back to limited duty at third base behind rookie Adrian Beltre. Matt Luke, who bats from the left side, and Trenidad Hubbard, who bats from the right, will be platooned in left field. Something had to be done.
August 6, 1998 |
The Dodgers activated Bobby Bonilla from the disabled list and optioned infielder Alex Cora to triple-A Albuquerque. Bonilla sat out 21 games because of tendinitis in his left wrist. Bonilla started in left field and also played third base Wednesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Expos. He singled in four at-bats and was pleased with his performance. "It felt good," Bonilla said. "My wrist felt fine, but I'll know more [today] about how it's feeling because it takes a day.