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Palmeiro turns down chance to join Cubs

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

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 MLB.com. "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.