Tuesday, February 16, 1999

REDS NOTEBOOK


New numbers for McKeon, Morris

BY CHRIS HAFT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SARASOTA, Fla. — Manager Jack McKeon relinquished the No.15 jersey he wore last year, giving it to left-hander Denny Neagle. McKeon will wear No.31.

        First baseman Hal Morris, who spent 1990-97 with the Reds and has returned after a season in Kansas City, has lost his familiar No.23 to left fielder Greg Vaughn, who called it his lucky number.

        ARBITRATE: General Manager Jim Bowden said he had “no need” to negotiate with reliever John Hudek's agent, Phil Tannenbaum, making a salary arbitration hearing Thursday in Tampa likely.

        The Reds are offering $800,000 to Hudek, who filed for $1.3 million. Entering Monday, owners had “won” all five arbitration cases that had gone to hearings. Cincinnati hasn't endured a hearing since 1994, when catcher Joe Oliver won a $2.5 million settlement.

        SIGNED AND NOT: The Reds signed catcher Jason LaRue and right-handers Ted Rose and Scott Winchester but still have 17 players unsigned. Among them are relievers Danny Graves, Scott Sullivan and Gabe White, outfielders Mike Cameron and Dmitri Young, infielders Aaron Boone, Sean Casey and Pokey Reese, right-hander Brett Tomko and utility man Chris Stynes.

       



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