eeeewwwww I can't wait any more ... Hurry Kevin..
Paul Meyer Post-Gazette Sports Writer, Monday, August 04, 2003 wrote:The Pirates and Padres continue to discuss a trade that would send OF Brian Giles and C Jason Kendall to San Diego for possibly four players, including RHP Kevin Jarvis, LHP Oliver Perez and OF Xavier Nady. The largest stumbling block appears to be how much of Kendall's remaining contract -- $42 million for four years after this season -- each team will play. "No deal is close," Padres assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "We have serious concerns about the financial ramifications and burdens this deal would place on us in terms of payroll flexibility beyond 2004, as well as the overall debt the club would be taking on. There is a long way to go in terms of finances with any deal involving the Pirates." But a source yesterday indicated the teams probably are a lot closer than Uhlman Jr. indicated. In fact, a rumor yesterday had the deal all but done, with the Pirates picking up as much as $20 million of the $42 million Kendall is owed. That means they would be out from under as much as $22 million. The deal could be announced by the end of the week when all the waiver processes are completed. According to a San Diego newspaper, the Pirates have agreed to pick up Jarvis, whose contract pays him $4.75 million in 2004. "He might be a bargain next year," Padres General Manager Kevin Towers told the paper. Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield said yesterday: "At this time of year, there are a lot of rumors and speculation. My policy, if you will, is that it just doesn't make sense to confirm or deny trade rumors."
If the deal is done while the Pirates are on the road this week, Giles and Kendall played their final games as Pirates at PNC Park yesterday. "Maybe. Maybe not," Giles said. "Dave [Littlefield] controls the shots. I have no control over it, so why worry about it?" Kendall said he's aware of the trade rumor. "How can you not be? You hear it everywhere," Kendall said before the game. "But I have other things to worry about. I have to go play a big-league game."
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