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Giants close to dealing Durham to Brewers

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants were close Sunday to trading Ray Durham to the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor leaguers.

Durham was to be in a Giants uniform for Sunday’s series finale against Milwaukee. The second baseman had to approve the deal.

Durham was a late arrival to the ballpark, arriving to the clubhouse in a rush about 2 hours before the game with a bag on his shoulders.



“I’ve got to do a few things right now,” he said.

A baseball official close to the deal expected an announcement to be made after the game. A Brewers trainer also was seen leaving the Giants clubhouse Sunday morning.




Durham was held out of San Francisco’s lineup, but manager Bruce Bochy said he was available for the game.

“I don’t have anything to tell you on that,” Bochy said of a possible deal. “Ray’s here.”

Brewers manager Ned Yost wouldn’t go into specifics but said: “We’re focused on which direction were going. We do know what we’re trying to do. We just play baseball. We’re excited. We’re excited about the prospects.”

Milwaukee, vying for its first postseason berth since 1982, already made one of the biggest trades of the season, acquiring CC Sabathia from the Cleveland Indians before the All-Star break.

The Brewers entered play Sunday just three games back of NL Central-leading Chicago.

Durham was batting .293 with three homers and 32 RBIs.


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