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Rolen won’t return to Reds; Latos avoids arbitration

Published 3:32am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Third baseman Scott Rolen has declined the Cincinnati Reds’ offer to attend spring training to compete for a reserve role.

The 37-year-old infielder informed the team on Tuesday that he’s keeping his options open, but isn’t ready to try to play right now.

The seven-time All-Star has been limited each of the last three seasons by a chronic shoulder problem and back spasms. He batted .245 in 92 games last season with eight homers and 39 RBIs.

General manager Walt Jocketty traded for Rolen in 2009, bringing in a veteran leader for a young team. The Reds won the NL Central two of the last three years. Rolen’s contract was up, but the Reds offered a reserve role this season, with Todd Frazier taking over at third base.

Also, Reds’ right-hander Mat Latos has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding what would have been baseball’s first salary arbitration hearing of the year.

Latos will receive salaries of $4.25 million this year and $7.25 million in 2014 under Tuesday’s deal.

Cincinnati obtained Latos from San Diego before the 2012 season. He solidified a rotation that was one of the NL’s best, helping the Reds win the NL Central for the second time in three seasons. Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA and two complete games in 33 starts.

Latos made $550,000 last season. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, he had asked for $4.7 million in arbitration and had been offered $4.15 million.

Right-hander Homer Bailey is the last Reds player in arbitration. He has asked for $5.8 million, and the Reds have offered $4.75 million. They’ve also discussed a multiyear deal with Bailey, who pitched a no-hitter at Pittsburgh last Sept. 28.

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