Reds avoid arbitration, sign Pena, Valentin

Updated: January 15, 2006, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Wily Mo Pena and catcher Javier Valentin on Sunday, avoiding arbitration with both players.

Javier Valentin
Valentin

Wily Mo Pena
Pena

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.

Four Reds players remain eligible for arbitration: Adam Dunn, Aaron Harang, Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez.


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