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Ross, Reds agree to $4.5 million, two-year deal

CINCINNATI -- Catcher David Ross and the Cincinnati Reds
agreed Monday to a $4.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that
includes a team option for 2009.

The 29-year-old Ross was acquired from San Diego last year
during spring training and became the starter. With 21 home runs in
90 games, he ranked third among NL catchers.

Ross, who made $500,000 last year, gets $1.6 million this year
and $2,525,000 in 2008. The Reds have a $3.5 million option for
2009 with a $375,000 buyout.

Right-handers Aaron Harang and Kyle Lohse also filed for
arbitration last week and are set to swap proposed salaries with
the Reds on Tuesday.

Cincinnati also agreed to a minor league contract with pitcher
Paul Wilson, who was invited to spring training. The 33-year-old
right-hander went 11-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 29 games and led the team
in wins with 11, but he was limited to nine starts in 2005 and had
shoulder surgery that June. He was 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in four
minor league starts last year during a rehabilitation assignment.