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Rangers' Curtis turned down in Olympic quest

Updated: August 18, 2000, 4:44 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Texas Rangers outfielder Chad Curtis offered to forfeit the final month of his salary for an opportunity to play in the Olympics next month in Australia, but Sandy Alderson of the commissioner's office says "the spirit of the rule" prohibits Curtis from being able to play.

"The rule states that any player on the 25-man roster isn't eligible for the Olympics," Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations, told ESPN's Peter Gammons. "While Curtis could be optioned, that ...

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