Denis Phipps and Kris Negron non-tendered; both resigned to minor league deals
Reds non-tendered OF Denis Phipps and INF-OF Kristopher Negron.
Two expendable players. Phipps has a little pop and enough range to handle center on a part-time basis, but he just isnít good enough in any one area to carve out a career. The 26-year-old Negron is very versatile, but heís posted OPSs of .607 and .628 in two years in Triple-A.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."