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Reedster  
Subject:  Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other News
Date:  2/10/04, 9:09pm
(Link goes to Crime Dog news story at ESPN).McGriff has signed a minor league deal with the D-Rays, 9 homeruns short of 500. Purely a "fan interest" deal for the record, and because he is a Tampa native.Considering the DRay acquisition of Robert Fick and Tino Martinez (and through Aubrey Huff in the mix), it's not likely he'll get a lot of playing time -- even if he makes the active roster.*******Nick Johnson asked for $1.68 million from the Expos... (Yankees paid him $364,100 last year). The arbitrators awarded $1.25 million.*******Philadelphia gives the Dodgers permission to speak with Philadelphia assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.*******Nolan Ryan breaks ties with the Texas Rangers, and looks to the Houston Astros.

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Message #131 of 6634  *NEW*
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Boogaman  
Subject:  Re: Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other New
Date:  2/11/04, 9:34am
I would like to see McGriff come back to Atlanta to finish out his career. I believe he could at least contribute on the level of Julio Franco.

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Message #132 of 6634  *NEW*
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Reedster  
Subject:  Re: Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other New
Date:  2/11/04, 11:23am
I would like it even more to see him go back to where he started -- the Padres -- and get reach the 500 HR mark there...

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Message #133 of 6634  *NEW*
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Jaydawg  
Subject:  Re: Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other New
Date:  2/11/04, 7:18pm
Didn't McGriff start out with the Toronto Blue Jays? I'm pretty sure he did, but his best years were with the Padres.

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Message #134 of 6634  *NEW*
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Boogaman  
Subject:  Re: Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other New
Date:  2/11/04, 7:47pm
I think he did start with Toronto.

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Message #135 of 6634  *NEW*
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drrubb  
Subject:  Re: Crime Dog Signs With D-Rays, Nick Johnson Loses Arbitration with Expos and Other New
Date:  2/12/04, 11:34pm
McGriff is a hall of famer! No doubt in my mind about it, especially if he reaches 500 home runs! For one, he's a gentleman & a super class act! He plays the game like it is supposed to be played & he keeps his mouth shut. He represents what is right with baseball & he has been one hell of a player throughout most of his career. He can still swing that bat & I think he'll make one heck of an addition to the Devil Rays. Why not platoon him at first base or even DH him since he is back in the American League? I think he would be a solid DH hitter for atleast another season!

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