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'Absolutely no way'

Mussina says he is resigned to free agency

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Posted: Wednesday July 26, 2000 06:16 PM

  Mike Mussina Mussina has said he would not waive his no-trade clause if he wasn't signed by July 31. Harry How/Allsport

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Mike Mussina says he is resigned to filing for free agency after this season because of stalled contract negotiations with the Baltimore Orioles.

The pitcher, meanwhile, said he will not approve any trade before Monday's 4 p.m. waiver deadline. He said there is "absolutely no way" he will pitch for any other team this season.

The Orioles, who have the second-worst record in the American League, have recently intensified their efforts to remake the club. The O's, however, have not budged from their five-year, $60 million offer made to Mussina in February.

"I'll be here the next two months. I know that much," said Mussina, 31. "Then, depending on what they want to do, I'll be back or I won't. But nothing's going to happen before then."

Under a three-year, $20.45 million contract extension Mussina signed in May 1997, he has veto power over any trade. Mussina has said since May that he would not waive that right if the club was unable to sign him by July 31.

"To me there's not a great deal of satisfaction in going somewhere for two months to help some other team win. Those are the guys who have done the work. You're not really part of it," said Mussina, who has a 6-10 record this season.

"I don't find the concept especially tempting ... You change teams. Say, you get a (World Series) ring out of it. Then almost immediately you turn around and prepare yourself to change teams again with all the problems that go along with it."

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