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Himes replaces Frey in Cubs GM job


Jim Frey lost the struggle for control of the Chicago Cubs yesterday and was replaced by former Chicago White Sox general manager Larry Himes.

Frey, who took over as general manager after the 1987 season, had seen his power erode in a battle with former club president Don Grenesko. Frey, who has one year remaining on his contract and will report to Himes, was forced by Grenesko to fire manager Don Zimmer, Frey's close friend.

"I've had better days, I've had worse," said Frey, a former Baltimore Orioles coach. "There are good changes and bad."

Himes built the White Sox into a contender, but was fired after the 1990 season. He was given the title of executive vice president of baseball operations while Frey was demoted to senior vice president.

* WHITE SOX: Efforts to bring Chicago's spring-training operation to Arizona from Florida have failed, and negotiations between the team and local governments have ended, Maricopa County manager Roy Pederson said.

"We're not going to make a deal with the White Sox," Pederson said. He said there were too many difficulties regarding money and conditions to resolve in time to meet yesterday's deadline set by the White Sox.

The latest talks involved a site in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria. Earlier talks involved a site in adjacent Glendale.

* PIRATES: Steve Buechele's agent has rejected Pittsburgh's $10 million, four-year offer to the free-agent third baseman and is seeking $13 million.

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