02/16/2003 09:08 am ET
Reds void contract with Toe Nash
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Cincinnati Reds voided their minor league contract with outfielder Greg "Toe" Nash on Saturday, ending his attempt to get back into baseball after serving prison time.
General manager Jim Bowden said the contract was voided for "legal reasons," but declined to comment further. Nash was recently arrested after getting into a fight in Donaldsonville, La., according to his father.
"He is in our facility and the two charges are probation violation and second-degree battery," confirmed Lt. Todd Weber at the Ascension Parish jail in Donaldsonville, about 65 miles northeast of New Orleans.
The Reds decided to give Nash a chance, but included a clause in his contract stipulating that he had to stay out of trouble with the law. His agent, Larry Reynolds, didn't return a phone message Saturday.
Nash's father, Charles Payton, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Sorrento, La., that Nash was arrested after getting into a fight about three weeks ago.
The Reds also voided the minor league contract of former Royals left-hander Jose Rosado, who is trying to come back from two shoulder operations. Bowden said Rosado's health led to his release.
Nash, 21, dropped out of high school at age 15 and was living in poverty when an agent discovered him in Sorrento, about 50 miles west of New Orleans.
He was arrested numerous times on charges including domestic violence, battery, robbery and marijuana possession, but the Tampa Bay Devil Rays gave him a chance to work his way up through the minors.
The Devil Rays released him last September, a day after he was released from jail after serving time for having sex with a 15-year-old. He spent more than eight months in a jail in Louisiana, and was placed on five years of probation.
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