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Deal would be richest in team history

Updated: March 16, 2004, 12:47 AM ET
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PHOENIX -- If Billy Beane can seal a deal with Eric Chavez, the Oakland Athletics just might keep one of their own stars for a change.

Chavez, a talented young third baseman who can become a free agent after the season, could agree to a contract extension with the team this week, Beane said Monday.

Oakland's general manager has been in productive negotiations with Chavez's agent, Dave Stewart.

"There's nothing final, but I'm very optimistic," Beane said. "All the ...

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