February 1, 2002 [LINK]
[Expos "twist slowly in the wind"]
It has now been determined that the doomed Montreal Expos franchise will be left to twist slowly in the wind for the 2002 season, and will then either be "contracted" out of existence or -- under the right conditions -- will be sold to Washington, D.C. area interests. Several Expos players recently expressed a desire to keep the team intact, rather than be divided up among other teams in a "contraction draft," and they are excited about the prospect of relocating to Washington next year. "Batting for the Washington Senators, center fielder Vladimir Guerrero!"