Chicago 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.