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Padres: Kendall contract would limit flexibility

Updated: January 13, 2004, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The long-discussed deal to send Jason Kendall from the Pirates to San Diego fell apart Tuesday when the Padres' ownership balked at picking up the remaining $42 million of the catcher's contract.

The two sides have talked since late last week about a trade in which the Pirates would get third baseman Jeff Cirillo and catcher Ramon Hernandez for Kendall, a San Diego native and three-time All-Star.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers said that decision not to pursue Kendall ...

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