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12/13/07 12:01 PM ET
Reds re-sign Salmon, Gil to Minor deals
Cincinnati also tenders 2008 MLB contracts to Phillips, Belisle
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Reds did not tender Major League contracts to reliever Brad Salmon and infielder Jerry Gil on Wednesday, but they did re-sign the pair to Minor League deals and invited both to Major League Spring Training. Salmon, 28, was 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 26 games as a rookie last season. He allowed 22 hits and 10 walks over 24 innings with 22 strikeouts and retired 20 of his 26 first batters. The right-hander also appeared in 37 games with Triple-A Louisville, where he was 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA. Gil tore a right elbow ligament during Spring Training and missed most of the season after he had Tommy John surgery. He was on the active roster for the final five games but was only available as a pinch-runner. As expected, contracts were tendered to the club's two arbitration eligible players -- second baseman Brandon Phillips and starting pitcher Matt Belisle. The Reds 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.