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Cubs, Ward exercise option; team declines contracts on Floyd, Trachsel

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and Daryle Ward exercised a $1.2
million mutual option for next season, but the team declined
options on outfielder Cliff Floyd and pitcher Steve Trachsel on
Saturday.

Ward, primarily a pinch hitter, batted .327 in 79 games last
season after signing as a free agent. The left-handed batter led
the team with 54 pinch-hit appearances and went 11-for-41, a .268
average.

Ward's 33 pinch hits the past two seasons rank second in the
majors behind Orlando Palmeiro's 35.

Floyd hit .284 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs in his first
season with the Cubs, making 63 appearances in right field and 17
in left. His option was for $5 million.

Trachsel, acquired in a trade with Baltimore on Aug. 31, was 1-3
with an 8.31 ERA in four starts for Chicago. Trachsel gets a
$100,000 buyout. His option was for $4.75 million.

The Cubs also selected right-hander Adam Harben, who went 0-1
with a 1.80 ERA in three rehabilitation outings with Rookie League
Mesa while recovering from an injured right elbow.