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Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Cubs’ Grace files for free agency

October 31, 2000

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— Mark Grace filed for free agency Monday, perhaps signaling the end of his 15-year run in the Cubs' organization the last 13 seasons as the team's first baseman.

Toward the end of the season, Cubs president and general manager Andy MacPhail indicated he was looking for more pop from a traditional power slot. A career .308 hitter and four-time Gold Glove winner, Grace has averaged 11 homers and 77 RBIs a season.

In the Cubs' final home game, Grace was given a standing ovation from the crowd of 22,916 before his first at-bat in the first inning and again before his last at-bat in the eighth.

Grace, who made $5.3 million this year, said he thought he had a 50-50 chance of remaining with the Cubs and that the decision was up to MacPhail.

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