Florida Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski feuded with slugger Gary Sheffield and then traded him. Now they could be reunited in Los Angeles.
Dombrowski, whose contract expires after this season, will interview for the general manager's job with the Dodgers, said Tommy Lasorda, the Dodgers' interim GM.
Lasorda, who was in Miami attending his team's two-game series against the Marlins, said Friday that the Dodgers had not yet met with Dombrowski but planned to do so.
"Dave has been a very successful man in his position," Lasorda said. "He's done a good job over the years. He's a bright young executive."
Dombrowski, 41, built the Marlins' World Series championship roster, then dismantled it last winter on orders from owner Wayne Huizenga.
Now, with the player payroll pared to the bones and the sale of the franchise stalled, management doesn't expect Dombrowski to accept an offer to stay with Florida next season. But it's unclear how interested he might be in a job with the Dodgers.
Lasorda, 71, plans to remain with the team in some sort of advisory role next season, which means Dombrowski might not have complete control. And then there's the prospect of being reunited with Sheffield, the mercurial $61 million slugger who was outspoken in criticizing Dombrowski while with the Marlins.
There's been speculation that Florida manager Jim Leyland might also be courted by the Dodgers. Leyland is also expected to leave the Marlins after this season, but it's uncertain whether he would want to move to Los Angeles because of the distance from his home in Pittsburgh, where his wife and children live for most of the year.
Sheffield, traded to the Dodgers on May 15, said he liked the idea of playing for Leyland and Dombrowski again.
"That would be great," Sheffield said. "If those guys come aboard, they're guys we're familiar with and they know what it takes to win."
Dombrowski has declined to comment about his future.
It's unlikely the Dodges will make a decision about the general manager's job soon. They have received permission to talk with other undisclosed candidates.
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