Friday, December 14, 2001

Reds notebook

Larson clears waivers; outrighted to minors

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Brandon Larson cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.

        Larson, the No.1 pick in 1997, was taken off the 40-man roster to make room for Juan Encarnacion and Luis Pineda, acquired in the Dmitri Young deal.


        The Reds had talked to free agent pitchers Jeff Shaw, Dave Burba, Albie Lopez and Terry Adams, but don't look for any to be signed until Pokey Reese is traded.

        Shaw's agent, Joe Bick, is still waiting for a counteroffer. He proposed a one-year deal for $1.5 million with $4.5 deferred. The Reds probably will offer a two-year deal with the bulk of the money in 2003.

        “I'm about as far in the bargain basement as I'll go,” Bick said. “I offered them a deal $6.5 for a guy who's worth $8 million.”

        Adams, who also pitched for Los Angeles last year, went 12-8 with 4.31 ERA.

        A JOKE?

        Reds GM Jim Bowden caused a stir by holding up a meeting Monday night with 20 Dodgers executives until senior vice president Tom Lasorda was called on his cell phone and made the trip from the lobby to the Reds' suite.

        “We were having fun,” Bowden said. “I wasn't trying to show anyone up. There were no familiar faces. Tommy's a fixture with the Dodgers.”

        New general manager Dan Evans and his staff were not amused. “They were upset,” Lasorda said.

        Bowden and Evans met privately after the meeting.

        “It's over,” Bowden said. “I have no problem with Danny. He's a good baseball man, and I think he's doing a great job for the Dodgers.”


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