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Reds ink veterans McCracken, Rhodes02/14/2006 8:06 PM ET
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Reds signed veteran outfielders Quinton McCracken and Tuffy Rhodes to Minor League contracts on Tuesday. Both players will be non-roster invites to the big league camp at Spring Training. McCracken, who will turn 36 years old next month, batted .237 in 134 games with Diamondbacks last season. A lifetime .276 hitter over his 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, he has also played for the Rockies, Devil Rays, Twins and Mariners. If McCracken earns a spot on the Reds 25-man roster out of camp, he will earn $600,000. Rhodes has been playing in Japan since 1996 and in 2001, he tied Sadaharu Oh's Japanese single-season record with 55 home runs. From 1990-95, the 37-year-old played for the Astros, Cubs and Red Sox. A Cincinnati native, Rhodes graduated from Western Hills High School in 1986. In other news, the Reds designated pitcher Jung Bong for assignment to make room for first baseman Scott Hatteberg on the 40-man roster. Hatteberg agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the club on Sunday. Bong has 10 days to clear waivers, be traded or released. He missed all of last season recovering from September 2004 shoulder surgery. Part of the 2004 trade that sent Chris Reitsma to Atlanta, Bong only pitched three games for the Reds and went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA.
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