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Lidle will earn $2.75M in 2004

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Cory Lidle agreed to a one-year,
$2.75 million contract Monday with the Cincinnati Reds, who are
trying to cobble together a starting rotation.

Lidle went 12-15 with a 5.75 earned run average in 31 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He pitched a career-high 199 2-3 innings despite a groin injury that slowed him in the second half.

From 2001-02, Lidle went 21-16 with a 3.74 ERA for the Oakland A's.

The Reds' rotation was one of the major leagues' worst last
season, a leading factor in their 93-loss season.