Guerrero, Cabrera and Pavano, however, face the same uncertain future as did every other Expos star from Larry Walker to John Wetteland to Martinez: Where will they be after five years of big league service? White is the only Montreal player under contract beyond this year. Beattie intends to sign his top young players to long-term deals—that's the early '90s Cleveland blueprint that Milwaukee and Pittsburgh also have adopted—but without the green light for the ballpark, "we're doing it not quite as aggressively as the others." Uh-huh.
Grudzielanak would seem to be one of those building blocks. He was an All-Star in 1996 and tied a league record last year for doubles by a shortstop (54). Yet his take on committing to a future in Montreal suggests the Expos have as much selling to do in their own clubhouse as outside of it. Says Grudzielanek, "It's stupid for me to say I want to be here. I want to win."
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