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Reds: No progress in Griffey trade talks

If Ken Griffey is traded to his hometown team, he'd like the deal to happen before the start of spring training, his agent said Tuesday.

However, Brian Goldberg said Griffey is not pressing Seattle to trade him, and Reds general manager Jim Bowden said talks with the Mariners remain at a standstill.

The Reds broke off discussions Dec. 11 because the Mariners insisted on a package of players that included Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese.

Bowden denied a report in Tuesday's New York Daily News saying trade talks had intensified.

"We have not talked since Friday," Bowden said. "We've made no progress since Dec. 11. There's nothing new to report."

The Daily News said Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln has instructed GM Pat Gillick to trade Griffey, but Gillick told the Seattle Times, "That's not true."

Union protests ban

The players association filed a grievance to overturn Braves pitcher John Rocker's suspension. Commissioner Bud Selig banned the reliever from joining the team until May 1 because of disparaging comments against homosexuals, minorities and foreigners. The players' union asked arbitrator Shyam Das to "rescind the discipline." It was unclear when a hearing will be held.

Rays sign left-hander

The team signed left-hander Doug Creek to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Creek, 30, is 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA in parts of four major-league seasons. Creek was 7-3 with a 3.79 ERA for the Cubs Triple-A team in Iowa last season.

ANGELS: Infielder Benji Gil agreed to a minor-league contract.

ASTROS: Right-handed pitchers Mike Maddux and Kip Gross signed minor-league contracts.

CARDINALS: Shortstop Edgar Renteria agreed to a $20-million, four-year contract.

DODGERS: Outfielder Geronimo Berroa, who has played with eight teams over 10 seasons, agreed to a minor-league contract.

PIRATES: Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, special assistant to GM Cam Bonifay, had successful minor surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

RANGERS: Right-hander Esteban Loaiza avoided a salary arbitration hearing, agreeing to a $2.65-million, one-year contract.

TIGERS: Outfielder Karim Garcia argued for $700,000 in the year's first arbitration case. The team tried to convince a panel he should be paid $470,000.

YANKEES: The team signed outfielder Tim Raines, 40, to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training.

DAULTON SUES DEVELOPER: Former Phillie Darren Daulton filed suit against Las Vegas developer Rohit Joshi, saying he was swindled out of $50,000 in a Winter Springs land deal.

_ Staff writer John Romano contributed to this report.