Palmeiro turns down chance to join Cubs

Updated: August 10, 2003, 9:03 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Rafael Palmeiro has decided to stay with the Texas Rangers and not accept a possible trade to the Chicago Cubs.

Rafael Palmeiro

Palmeiro turned down a deal to Chicago before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 38-year-old first baseman cleared waivers Tuesday and the Rangers approached him again about the deal.

Texas gave Palmeiro until noon Thursday to make a decision, but he said he needed more time.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter said Friday the deal was off because Palmeiro told him Thursday he wouldn't accept a trade, but Palmeiro insisted Friday that he hadn't made up his mind yet.

He did Sunday.

"I'm staying here and helping this team get back to .500 because that is a possibility and it would be a great thing if we were able to do that,'' Palmeiro told "I want to help them do it and in the meantime, hopefully work something out so I could finish my career here.''

"If that can't be done, then I'm going. There's nothing else I can do or say.''

Palmeiro, eligible for free agency after the season, is hitting .253 with 28 home runs and 80 RBI. He hit his 500th homer earlier this season.

The Rangers have also been trying to trade Juan Gonzalez, but the outfielder used his no-trade clause to block a deal to Montreal.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press