June 25, 1993 |
Gary Sheffield, the 1992 National League batting champion, was traded to his home-state Florida Marlins on Thursday, becoming the latest San Diego Padre to be shipped away because of an owner-mandated salary purge. Padre General Manager Randy Smith, on the job only two weeks, said the five-player deal was "a baseball trade." But Tony Gwynn, apparently the only untouchable player in the Padres' clubhouse, scoffed at that notion. "No, I do not think it was a baseball deal.