Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Bowden predicts arbitration




        The Reds likely will be going to salary arbitration with at least one of their two remaining arbitration-eligible players, General Manager Jim Bowden said Monday.

        Bowden said he has not been able to reach an agreement with relief pitcher John Hudek, so the sides will exchange arbitration figures today as scheduled by major league baseball. Arbitration hearings run from Feb. 1-21.

        Outfielder Michael Tucker, acquired by the Reds in November as part of the Bret Boone trade, is also arbitration-eligible and unsigned, but Bowden was still working on a deal Monday that would avoid a hearing.

        GREENE TURNS BLUE: Willie Greene, who received a low-ball offer from the Reds, signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

        The Orioles acquired Greene from the Reds last September but didn't offer him a 1999 contract, reportedly because they didn't want to pay him as much as he would get in arbitration.

        The left-handed hitter had a .270 average with 14 homers and 49 RBI with Cincinnati but only hit .154 with one homer and five RBI in 24 games with Baltimore.

       



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