Camden Courier Post - December 7, 1980

Phillies given pay deadline by McGraw

 

PHILADELPHIA – Tug McGraw, whose relief pitching helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series, says his contract negotiations have reached a critical stage.

 

"I'm going to wait until the end of next week and then it'll be the Tug McGraw Traveling Show," McGraw said Friday. ''But my preference would be to sign with the Phillies as soon as possible."

 

McGraw said the Phillies haven't met his salary demands, although he has lowered them "several times."

 

McGraw was not picked in the free agent re-entry draft, partially because he made it known he wanted to stay here.

 

Initially, he reportedly wanted a $2 million four-year contract. Although he has revised that figure, McGraw hinted other clubs seem agreeable to it.