Reds send Dodgers Davis, Gross for pitchers Belcher, Wetteland

November 28, 1991

The Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Eric Davis to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night as part of a four-player deal that sent right-hander Tim Belcher to the Reds.

Cincinnati also got reliever John Wetteland and sent reliever Kip Gross to the Dodgers.

Davis, 29, played in only 89 games last season, hitting .235 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.

He has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. He fell out of favor with Reds manager Lou Piniella when he decided to sit out most of the second half of the season because of what Davis called chronic fatigue resulting from his kidney injury in the 1990 World Series.

Belcher, 30, was 10-9 with a 2.62 ERA last season.

* PIRATES: Pittsburgh have increased their offer to Bobby Bonilla to $22.5 million for five years, and the outfielder's agent asked the New York Mets to make another offer.

The team's previous offer had been for $18.5 million over four years with a club option for a fifth season at $4 million.

Dennis Gilbert, Bonilla's representative, also said the Chicago Cubs submitted a contract proposal yesterday. Bonilla has offers from the Pirates, Mets, Cubs, Angels and Phillies. The Chicago White Sox are considering whether to make an offer.

* CUBS: Chicago signed Tom Trebelhorn to the coaching staff. Fired last month as Milwaukee Brewers manager, he interviewed for the job of Cubs manager, which went to former Seattle manager Jim Lefebvre.

* MARINERS: The Seattle franchise has been appraised at $100 million, which likely improves chances that owner Jeff Smulyan will keep his team in the city.

Smulyan said his intent in getting an appraisal was not to sell the team, but to set a value for offering a minority interest or refinancing bank loans.

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