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Cubs Pass on Blauser, Santiago

October 29, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs have declined a $7 million option on infielder Jeff Blauser and a $3.5 million option on catcher Benito Santiago.

Blauser signed an $8.4 million, two-year contract in December 1997, but he hit a combined .226 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs in his two years with the team and started only 40 of the 104 games he played this season. He gets a $200,000 buyout instead of the option.

The Cubs, who announced the moves Thursday, hoped Santiago would provide power, but the 1987 NL Rookie of the Year hit .249 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 109 games.

Santiago had a $1.5 million base salary last season and made $200,000 in performance bonuses. He gets a $500,000 buyout.

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