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Brian Jordan rescinds trade demand

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Veteran outfielder Brian Jordan Monday told the Los Angeles Dodgers he is dropping his trade demand.

MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, reported that Jordan kicked off ceremonial workouts Monday by also endorsing management's offseason moves, and doing what's expected from a team leader.

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The Dodgers have made major roster changes this offseason, including the signing of veteran first baseman Fred McGriff and the trade of his counterpart, Eric Karros.

"I've rescinded my trade demand because I want all of us to go into spring training with no negative vibes, all positive and no clouds over our heads," said Jordan, who will turn 36 before Opening Day. "The moves (General Manager Dan Evans) is making really impressed me and I ain't lying. To get that done, it's amazing to me."

Jordan has underdone knee surgery since the end of last season. Also in 2002, he said he was not always comfortable in Los Angeles, and it took some time to adjust.

"It was a tough year for me and a lot to get used to -- the trade, the fans, playing hurt, the family stuff (his wife was pregnant), looking for a place to live," he said. "I got hurt a lot and tried to play through it and it didn't turn out so good. I'd hold back and not play like myself. But I hope I proved I belonged in September (30 RBI). I expect to perform like that all season. This year, I'm coming in with a relaxed attitude and nothing to worry about. Last year it took me all season. I'm finally letting it go and moving forward."

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In 2002, the former Atlanta Brave batted .285 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI. For his career, he has batted .287 with 167 home runs and 736 RBI in 1,205 games and 4,402 at-bats.

The former Atlanta Falcons defensive back also has played with St. Louis, where his baseball career began in 1992.

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