Boston Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman said he is trying to trade five-time batting champion Wade Boggs, but other teams have been reluctant to make a deal.
Red Sox co-owner Haywood Sullivan decided to try to trade Boggs after the third baseman taped a television interview with Barbara Walters for ABC’s “20/20" show, team sources said.
Boston officials have denied pressuring Boggs not to do the interview, which focuses on his four-year affair with Margo Adams.
Meanwhile, Boggs’ lawyer said Wednesday that if Adams accepts an offer of $20,000 to drop her palimony lawsuit against Boggs, the Costa Mesa woman also would have to stop talking publicly about the suit.
The stipulation, however, is not an attempt to stop publication of the second installment in May of an interview Adams gave to Penthouse magazine, said Jennifer J. King, Boggs’ Tustin attorney.
Boggs had said he would not negotiate with Adams, but King said he changed his mind and offered to settle solely because he wanted to “relieve pressures” on his teammates.
Proposed trades for Boggs were said to involve the New York Mets and Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.
Complicating any trade for Boggs is his contract status. He is signed for 1989 at $1.75 million and is eligible for free agency after the season.