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A self-deprecating type, he joked about his free-agent status.

“Cash in? Geez, I’m just looking to survive another year,” he said. “I’d love to stay here. It’s the best group of guys I’ve been around. Tremendous organization, the fans are unbelievable.”

Again, it all comes down to that two-way street _ the players have to want to return and the front-office has to invite them back. And they have to do it all within financial parameters that aren’t yet set.

From management’s perspective, they can offer one thing no other team can: the chance to repeat.

“Once you’ve sipped from that cup, there’s absolutely nothing like it and you want to be back,” Nelson said. “Once you’ve had a taste of this thing, you want to do it again and again and again.”

Terry thinks it will work.

“Those guys want to be here,” Terry said. “If you look in everybody’s eyes, they want to do it together with this team.”