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Phipps, Negron ink Minors deals after non-tender

Phipps, Negron ink Minors deals after non-tender

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds non-tendered outfielder Denis Phipps and utility player Kris Negron, but did make contract offers to all seven of their arbitration-eligible players.

Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET was the deadline for Major League clubs to offer 2013 contracts to unsigned players on the 40-man roster.

Eligible for arbitration later this off-season are starting pitchers Homer Bailey, Mat Latos and Mike Leake, outfielders Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey and relievers Logan Ondrusek and Alfredo Simon.

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According to the Reds, both Phipps and Negron agreed to terms on Minor League contracts and were offered invites to big-league camp at Spring Training as non-roster players.

A September call-up, Phipps finished 2012 with the Reds and batted .300 (3-for-10) with one home run in eight games. In 92 games with Triple-A Louisville, he batted .221 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs.

Negron appeared in four big-league games for the Reds during his lone call-up in June and was 1-for-4 with a walk. He batted .218 in 74 games for Louisville but suffered a season-ending right knee injury on July 5. It required surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus.

The transactions, which were announced Saturday morning by the club, leave Cincinnati's 40-man roster at 38 players. Besides having room to obtain free agents, the Reds could also have a spot open to make a selection in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft at the conclusion of next week's Winter Meetings.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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