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Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2001

Chicago waiting on McGriff’s decision

July 15, 2001

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— Chicago Cubs manager Don Baylor has a lineup card with Fred McGriff's name on it, just in case.

The McGriff Watch continued Saturday, with the first baseman still debating whether to agree to a deal that would send him to Chicago.

Cubs president and general manager Andy MacPhail said he doesn't expect to hear anything before Monday.

"I'd like to say we're close, but I don't know how close," Baylor said after the Cubs lost to the crosstown White Sox, 3-1. "I'm still optimistic something might happen."

The Cubs and Devil Rays have agreed to a trade that would give Tampa Bay two prospects in exchange for McGriff. But McGriff has a no-trade clause and must approve the deal.

While the choice might seem easy the Devil Rays are baseball's worst team while the Cubs lead the NL Central McGriff is a Tampa native and likes being close to his wife and two young children.

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