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Reds’ Reese, Tucker Sign Contracts

January 19, 2000

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Pokey Reese agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract Tuesday _ a sevenfold increase over 1999 _ and Michael Tucker accepted a $3.5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Five other Reds exchanged arbitration proposals with the club. Four of them are seeking significant increases that would make them million-dollar players.

Reese, 26, made $270,000 last season, when he won the Gold Glove in his first year playing second base. He batted .285 with 10 homers, 52 runs batted in and 38 stolen bases.

He became so valuable to the Reds’ long-term development that they refused to trade him to Seattle as part of a package for Ken Griffey Jr., scuttling the trade talks.

Tucker, 28, made $1.6 million last season, when he hit .250 as a backup outfielder. His new contract includes base salaries of $1.7 million and $1.8 million the next two years.

The Reds were unable to reach agreement with the five players in arbitration and submitted proposals Tuesday. An arbitrator can choose between the figures following a hearing in February, or the two sides can settle before the hearing.

Center fielder Mike Cameron asked for $2.5 million and the Reds proposed $1.95 million; outfielder Dmitri Young asked for $2.2 million and the club proposed $1.75 million; starter Steve Parris asked for $1.825 million and the club proposed $1.4 million; reliever Scott Sullivan asked for $1.1 million and the club proposed $775,000; and outfielder Alex Ochoa asked for $950,000 and was proposed $775,000.

None of the five players made as much as $400,000 last season, when the Reds made it to a one-game playoff with the New York Mets for the NL wild card. Cameron made $295,000 last season, Young made $375,000, Parris made $275,000, Sullivan made $300,000 and Ochoa made $245,000.

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