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Cubs eager for arrival of McGriff

July 29, 2001

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— Sammy Sosa already has drawn a career-high and major league-leading 27 intentional walks this season as teams pitch around him to get to the Chicago Cubs' cleanup hitter.

That philosophy might not work starting tonight. That's when Fred McGriff joins the team.

"Now it's going to be different because Freddie is going to be behind me, so it's going to help," Sosa said. "I'm looking forward to that."

McGriff waived his no-trade clause and Friday accepted a deal from Tampa Bay that had been made earlier in the month.

The Cubs sweetened McGriff's contract and sent minor league pitcher Manny Aybar and a player to be selected reportedly infielder Jason Smith, who is currently on the disabled list to the Devil Rays.

Sosa and McGriff will comprise only the fifth 400-homer duo to play on the same team in major league history. McGriff has 436 career homers and Sosa has 421.

"It's going to be fun playing with Sammy and those guys," McGriff said. "It'll be fun to see if I can help the Cubs get to the playoffs."

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