Saying his efforts to remain with the Boston Red Sox until retirement have been frustrated by penny-pinching in a reportedly fractious front office, outfielder Dwight Evans asked yesterday to be traded.
Evans, who will be paid $325,000 a year in 1983 and 1984 and is second-longest in point of service after Carl Yastrzemski with 14 years in the organization, made the request after being told the team would not accept his asking price of about $3 million from 1985-87 with no signing bonus.
Evans, a five-time winner of the Golden Glove, said he'd like to be traded to a contender, but as a 10-5 player (a 10-year veteran with at least five years on the same team) he can veto any deal.
Evans said the Red Sox would extend his contract, but not any higher than the current top level of $700,000 a year. He said the team would increase the bid if the front office problems were settled, but was given no timetable. Talks began in October, but Evans said the internal problems surfaced in the last two weeks.
The Boston Globe reported Friday that friction between co-owners Haywood Sullivan and Buddy LeRoux was delaying player signings. The Globe said LeRoux felt the first obligation was to repay the limited partners, who receive 115 percent of their investment.
The Globe said the Red Sox, despite being the most profitable team in the American League last year, barely kept pace with interest payments because of the payments to the limited partners.
The Globe said Sullivan and Jean Yawkey, wife of former owner Thomas Yawkey, were allied against LeRoux in what may be an irreconcilable rift. Yawkey wants the team operated in the open-checkbook style of her late husband and reportedly has rejected two of LeRoux's business projects, a cable-TV deal and a team airplane. The Globe also said the dispute could wind up in court.