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Slugger Dunn Gets $18.5 Million Deal

February 14, 2006

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Adam Dunn agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million deal Monday, three days before he and the Cincinnati Reds were scheduled for an arbitration hearing.

Dunn will make $7.5 million this season and $10.5 million in 2007. The club has an option for a $13 million salary in 2008, which it can buy out for $500,000.

The outfielder/first baseman was the Reds’ last player left in arbitration. He had asked for the second-biggest salary increase among the 44 major leaguers who exchanged arbitration figures with teams.

Dunn sought $8.95 million in arbitration, and the club offered $7.1 million.

Dunn made $4.6 million last year, when he batted .247 with 40 homers, 101 RBIs and 114 walks. He became the only player in Reds history to have two seasons with 100 runs, walks and RBIs.

The Reds plan to move Dunn from left field to first base this season to replace Sean Casey, who was traded to Pittsburgh.

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