Reds avoid arbitration, sign Pena, Valentin
Pena got a $1.25 million deal, while Valentin's contract is for $1.15 million.
Pena batted .254 with 19 home runs and 51 RBI in 99 games for the Reds last season. Valentin hit a career-high .281 with 14 homers and 50 RBI, his second season in Cincinnati.
Valentin shared catching duties with Jason LaRue, who agreed to a $9.1 million, two-year contract last month, solidifying his role as the No. 1 catcher. They combined for the best offensive output at catcher in the major leagues.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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