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CINCINNATI (AP) Ryan Freel avoided salary arbitration on Monday by agreeing to a $3 million, two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds that would increase if he plays regularly.


The 29-year-old has led the Reds in steals each of the last two years. He hit .271 last season with 36 steals despite stints on the disabled list because of a swollen foot and torn knee cartilage.


Freel will get base salaries of $1.3 million next year and $1.7 million in 2007. His base salary in the second year would increase to $2 million if he gets 200 plate appearances in 2006 and would increase to a maximum of $2.65 million if he has 650 plate appearances.


He started 89 games at five positions last season, including 48 at second base. The Reds got Tony Womack from the Yankees in a trade for two prospects at the winter meetings, giving them another player of comparable skills.


Womack, who will get $2 million this season on the final year of his contract, said last week that he intends to win the starting job at second base.

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In exchange for Tony Womack, the Cincinnati Reds shipped two promising young players to New York, Kevin Howard and Benjamin Himes. Considering Womack's seemingly plummeting value, the Yankees netted two intriguing prospects.


I have no idea who these guys are or how they will play out. They seem to be high on Howard who plays second. I guess he could be a backup plan for Cano?

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