Sunday, October 24, 1999

Vaughn's agent: Market not set


REDS NOTEBOOK

BY CHRIS HAFT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ATLANTA — The agent for Reds left fielder Greg Vaughn said Saturday that, despite indications to the contrary, it was too early to tell what kind of contractual terms his client will seek in free agency.

        This made perfect sense, since players won't begin filing for free agency until 15 days after the final day of the World Series.

        “I don't know exactly what the market is going to bear for Greg,” Eric Goldschmidt, Vaughn's agent, said from San Diego. “We're just going to have to wait and see.”

        Reds General Manager Jim Bowden said last Thursday on his WLW-AM radio show that Vaughn, who batted .245 with 45 homers and 118 RBI, would want a four- or five-year deal worth between $10 million-$14 million per season. Bowden, attending Game 1 of the World Series, could not be reached to elaborate on those remarks.

        Vaughn earned slightly more than $5.6 million with Cincinnati this year after joining the team from San Diego in a Feb. 2 trade.

        Vaughn expressed limited enthusiasm for returning to the Reds late in the season, voicing his frustration over Cinergy Field's artificial turf and issues he declined to specify. Goldschmidt wouldn't elaborate.

        “All I can tell you is that the Reds haven't made an offer yet,” Goldschmidt said. “Until we get an offer, we can't determine if he's going to stay or go.”

        HARNISCH'S ARM: Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Reds' medical director, stressed that the team isn't pushing right-hander Pete Harnisch to undergo surgery to repair his shoulder. Kremchek simply thinks an arthroscopic procedure would be a good idea.

        Harnisch said last week that he intended to strengthen his shoulder, which pained him for the season's final four months, with rest and rehabilitation. But without surgery, said Kremchek, “I can't look to next year and promise the organization he won't break down. What I don't want to happen is we're re-living (the '99 season) starting in March.”

        Harnisch was concerned that he'd need eight months to recover from surgery, which was the case after he had a torn labrum repaired in his right shoulder on Aug. 18, 1995. But Kremchek said that this surgery would amount to a much simpler “cleanout” that would allow him to heal more quickly.

        “Can he make 30 starts next year? Maybe,” Kremchek said. “I'd feel much better about it if he had his shoulder cleaned now.”

        Nothing's certain until Harnisch visits Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek for a second opinion.

       



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