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Piniella plans to rest and wait

The Giants, of course, are still in San Francisco. And they have a manager, Roger Craig, who is under contract for the 1993 season.

But if the team moves to Tampa Bay and if Craig elects to retire rather than relocate cross-country, then Lou Piniella might be interested in the job.

"I'm from the area, and I'm building a home on Redington Beach," Piniella said Thursday. "You figure out the rest."

Piniella, 49, on Tuesday decided to leave the Cincinnati Reds rather than negotiate an extension of his three-year contract, which expired at the end of the season.

The Tampa native managed the New York Yankees for parts of three seasons and the Reds for three seasons, compiling a 479-424 record and winning the 1990 World Series.

Vincent Naimoli, leader of the Tampa Bay ownership group, said he never has met Piniella and has been surprised at the number of news reports linking Piniella to the Giants' job.

Naimoli also pointed out that Craig is still the manager. He said any decision to hire a new manager will be made by team president and general manager Al Rosen, who will come with the club if it moves.

Piniella said he too has heard reports connecting him to the Giants' managerial job, and to other jobs as well.

For now, he plans to rest, play golf, watch his son play football, and visit his daughter at college.

"I'm just going to relax for a while," Piniella said.