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Pitcher gets 3-year, $11 million deal

Updated: December 3, 2003, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Plenty of other clubs wanted LaTroy Hawkins, and a few even offered the reliever more money. But the Chicago Cubs had something no other team -- or big contract -- could match.

"Not too many people get a chance to play close to home," the Gary, Ind., native said Wednesday after signing a deal with the Cubs that guarantees him $11 million over three years.

"I think I'd be happier here in Chicago than I would be elsewhere. And happiness is better than any amount of ...

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