December 2, 2002
(Chicago-AP) -- Reliever Mike Remlinger intends to leave the Atlanta Braves to sign with the Chicago Cubs. The contract is contingent on the left-hander passing a physical and an announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
The deal is for three years and worth about eleven million dollars, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Remlinger said, "We're really close and should have something done in a day or so." Remlinger acknowledged he will be in Chicago tomorrow to take a physical. Remlinger will bolster a Cubs' bullpen that blew numerous leads last season and squandered 25 saves. He was 7-and-3 with a one-point-99 ERA in 73 games with the Braves last season, his fourth year with Atlanta. He came up to the major leagues with the Giants in 1991 when new Cubs manager Dusty Baker was San Francisco's hitting coach.
Remlinger said, "I've known Dusty since my first day in the big leagues, and I have great respect for him. That's something that added to my interest." Remlinger has appeared in 440 major leagues games, all but 59 as a reliever, with a 44-and-41 record and a three-point-80 ERA. He said the opportunity to help the Cubs become a winner, the fan support at Wrigley Field and a chance to work with Chicago's young pitching staff were all factors.
Remlinger said, "I'm very thankful to the Braves for what they have done for me since I've been here. I'm ready to go to a new place. It's time for a little change."