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Reds Win Arbitration Case

February 22, 2001

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds improved to 2-1 in arbitration cases Wednesday when they beat pitcher Osvaldo Fernandez, who was awarded the club’s $600,000 offer.

Fernandez made $300,000 last season, when he went 4-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance. He asked for $1.2 million, but a panel of three arbitrators chose the team’s figure.

The Reds also signed pitcher Scott Williamson and three others to one-year contracts Wednesday. Right-handers Leo Estrella and Keith Glauber and infielder Donnie Sadler also agreed to terms.

The Reds still have 15 unsigned players, including two starters _ catcher Jason LaRue and third baseman Aaron Boone.

Arbitration was the Reds’ main concern heading into the offseason. The core of the team became eligible for arbitration, prompting the Reds to trade pitchers to free up payroll room.

The Reds won their cases with Fernandez and closer Danny Graves, who got $2.1 million instead of the $3,075,000 he had sought. First baseman Sean Casey won his arbitration case, getting $3 million instead of the club’s offer of $2.6 million.

The Reds settled with their other players who were eligible for arbitration, including Alex Ochoa, Pokey Reese, Dmitri Young and Scott Sullivan.

``Every dollar is significant,″ general manager Jim Bowden said Wednesday. ``Every dollar affects what kind of team you’re going to have. That’s why you try your hardest to sign players for the least amount possible, so you can have a more competitive team.″

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