Friday, November 19, 1999

Deion primed for return to Reds?

        General Manager Jim Bowden said Thursday he has spoken to Deion Sanders' agent, Eugene Parker, about the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys cornerback returning to the Reds.

        Sanders was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Thursday, a procedural move in case he decides to play baseball again.

        Bowden, speaking on WLW's SportsTalk, said Sanders “has expressed some interest in returning to baseball, possibly full-time.” Bowden said the Reds were interested in inviting Sanders to spring training.

        Sanders, 32, a two-sport star, played for the Reds from 1994-95 and again in 1997. He's a career .266 hitter with 183 stolen bases in 603 games.

        Sanders has remained under minor league contract with the Reds since he returned to playing cornerback for the Cowboys full-time in 1997.

        If the Reds hadn't purchased Sanders' minor league contract and added him to the 40-man roster, he could have been taken by another team in the Rule 5 draft.


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