The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals are engaged in trade talks for Oakland slugger Mark McGwire, and the Athletics' first baseman said Sunday he would be open to a deal with either team, despite his preference to play for the Angels.
McGwire, whose 9-year-old son lives in Orange County, also indicated he would consider re-signing with the team that trades for him, which would make it even more difficult for the Angels to acquire him as a free agent this winter.
"My son is very, very important to me," McGwire told Bay Area reporters after Sunday's game in Cleveland. "You can want a lot of things, but just because you want something doesn't mean you'll get it. Just because I want to be in Southern California, near him, doesn't mean [I can be]."
Angel President Tony Tavares said he's reluctant to break up the core of the Angels by trading for McGwire, especially when they can bid on him as a free agent this winter, and that message has apparently gotten through to McGwire.