MONTREAL — Tim Raines has told Montreal Expos General Manager David Dombrowski that he would not object to a trade to one of five grass-field National League teams.
Raines, as a player with 10 years of big-league service and the last five with the same club, has the right to veto any deal the Expos might make involving him. He met with Dombrowski in West Palm Beach, Fla., over the weekend.
"I didn't ask for a trade, but I told Dave that if someone asked for me and the deal was good for me and the club, then I wouldn't stand in the way," Raines said.
Raines listed the Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves as teams he would agree to join--all of which play on grass fields. And he added that he would consider going to certain other clubs with legitimate championship aspirations.