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Padres Getting Closer to Harnisch

Associated Press

San Diego Padre General Manager Kevin Towers has changed his travel plans and will accompany the team from Colorado to Cincinnati, which may prompt further trade talks regarding pitcher Pete Harnisch.

Towers was to visit the Padres’ Class-A team in Idaho Falls, but decided to go to Cincinnati so he can meet with Reds General Manager Jim Bowden. The Padres, leaders of the NL West, open a three-game series against the Reds on Friday night.

During the All-Star break, the Padres discussed a three-way deal with Detroit and Cincinnati. Under that proposal, the Padres would acquire Harnisch, the Tigers would get Padre right-hander Joey Hamilton and the Reds would get prospects from Detroit.

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