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Reds sign Patterson and Hairston to minor league deals

Monday, March 3, 2008

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Infielder Jerry Hairston Jr., whose name appeared in the Mitchell Report, signed a minor league contract Monday with the Cincinnati Reds.

The report said former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski alleged he sold human growth hormone to Hairston on two or three occasions in 2003 and 2004. Radomski said he had one check from Hairston.

Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said the team talked to Major League Baseball about Hairston's situation before offering the contract.

"I can't get into specifics," Krivsky said. "It's a situation we're comfortable with now, based on what we were told."

Hairston, who played for current Reds manager Dusty Baker in 2005-06 with the Chicago Cubs, spent the bulk of his 10 seasons with Baltimore. He's also played for Texas.

Hairston is the son of Jerry Hairston, grandson of Sammy Hairston, brother of Scott Hairston and nephew of Johnny Hairston -- all major leaguers.

The Reds also signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league contract. He played for the Cubs from 2000-2005 and for the Orioles in 2006-2007.

Both players are expected to report to camp Tuesday.

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