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BRAVES CLOSE TO DEAL FOR PADRES’ MCGRIFF?

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The Atlanta Braves are reportedly close to completing a deal with the San Diego Padres for first baseman Fred McGriff.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported today that McGriff was expected to be traded to the Braves either today or Friday and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the Braves were the leading candidate to acquire McGriff.The Union Tribune said McGriff was expected to be sent to the Braves, who trail first-place San Francisco by nine games in the NL West, for a package of prospects that might include outfielders Melvin Nieves or Mike Kelly and first baseman Ryan Klesko.

The Journal-Constitution said the Padres would likely settle for Klesko and another player from outfielders Nieves and Tony Tarasco and second baseman Ramon Caraballo. It quoted Braves general manager John Schuerholz as saying Wednesday night that the Padres told him they want to make a move soon, either with the Braves or another club.

The Atlanta paper quoted Padres general manager Randy Smith as saying Wednesday, "We are definitely a lot closer. I do expect Fred in a San Diego uniform tomorrow, but somebody could call in the morning."

McGriff, who has averaged 34 homers the past five years and is currently hitting .275 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs, is under contract through 1994 with a team option for 1995. He's making $4.25 million this season and will earn $4.5 million next year and $4 million in 1995 if the option is picked up.

The Union Tribune said it's possible the deal could be finalized as a three-way trade, but that details should be completed in the next 48 hours.