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Building the 2004 Expos

With Vladimir Guererro gone, the Expos face plenty of questions heading into the 2004 season.

Originally Published: December 8, 2003
By Jonah Keri | Special to ESPN.com

Sunday's decision by the Montreal Expos to not offer Vladimir Guerrero salary arbitration signaled the departure of one of the best players in franchise history. It also means a second straight year of scrambling at baseball's winter meetings for general manager Omar Minaya.

Guerrero turned down Minaya's last-ditch recruiting effort, rejecting a five-year contract offer worth about $70 million before the Sunday midnight deadline. The deal was reported to be heavily backloaded, with about ...

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