Outfielder Hubie Brooks reacted bitterly on Sunday to the trade that sent him from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets.
The Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders due to the acquisitions of free agents Brett Butler and Darryl Strawberry. On Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Dodgers signed Butler, they sent Brooks to the Mets in exchange for left-handed pitcher Bob Ojeda and right-handed prospect Greg Hansell."I'll miss it here," Brooks said in an interview published in Monday's editions of the Los Angeles Times. "Right now it's like, what was the reason for me to come here anyway? For one season? What good did it do that I signed here?"
Brooks, who joined the club as a free agent in December 1989, added some cryptic comments about team chemistry.
"The Dodgers have a very, very good team . . . it is 99 percent solid," Brooks told The Times. "But all it takes is 1 percent to ruin that. And that 1 percent could be there. I'm not going to say what it is. But it could be there, and it can destroy them.
"In time, everybody could know what that 1 percent will be. And I'll just leave it at that."
The Times, citing unnamed sources, also reported that at least one Dodger veteran asked general manager Fred Claire to trade Daniels instead of Brooks. That veteran said Daniels lacked Brooks' humble attitude, the sources told the newspaper.
"I have no comment on that," Daniels said from his Georgia home. "If a player puts his name behind it, then I will comment on it."