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MARINERS' MOUND ACE WANTS A TRADE SOON

Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson has grown weary of the trade rumors and is ready to move on.

"If I had my wish, I would have already been traded by now," Johnson said. "It is an uncomfortable situation knowing I am not going to be there beyond next year.

"Why not just trade me now . . . so I can move on to that city and get situated?"

Johnson, a 34-year-old left-hander, is 75-20 since 1993, going 20-4 last season with a 2.28 ERA and 291 strikeouts. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 1995.

Johnson is eligible for free agency after the 1998 season.

In other baseball news, the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $550,000, one-year contract with free-agent outfielder Matt Mieske. He hit .249 last season.

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