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Padres manager Jack McKeon says he's still otimistic about making a deal that would bring Atlanta Braves slugger Dale Murphy to San Diego.

It is believed that any trade for the 33-year-old Murphy would require the Padres to give up Sandy Alomar Jr., a catcher and the top prospect in San Diego's minor league system.The Braves reportedly have expressed interest in acquiring Alomar, but no formal proposals have been made.

"We have not gotten to that stage," McKeon said, "but I think I'm going to come to the stage where I'm going to try to get them to give me an idea" of what they want for Murphy.

McKeon said he believes Atlanta still is trying to work out a trade with the New York Mets involving Murphy.

"I think the reason (the Braves haven't pursued a trade with San Diego) is that they think they could end up with two or three guys that could play for them right now," McKeon said.

Murphy has veto power over any trade, however, and it isn't known whether he would accept a trade to New York. In San Diego, he would join Hurst, a close friend who has said it would be a dream come true if they could play on the same team.