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Arbitration hearing dates set for pair

Arbitration hearing dates set for pair

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CINCINNATI -- Two Reds players scheduled to go to arbitration against the club received their hearing dates on Tuesday.

Shortstop Felipe Lopez is slated to have his hearing on Feb. 8, while first baseman Adam Dunn will go before the panel Feb. 17. Both cases will be presented in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lopez batted .291 with 23 home runs, 85 RBIs and a .352 on-base percentage last season. He earned a bid to the All-Star Game and won a Silver Slugger Award after the season.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Lopez is seeking a $3 million salary in 2006, while the Reds have counter-offered at $2.15 million. Either way, he will be getting a sizeable jump from the $415,000 he earned last season.

Dunn batted .247 with 40 home runs and 101 RBIs in 160 games last season for Cincinnati. It gave him back-to-back 40-homer, 100-RBI seasons. The 26-year-old, who earned $4.6 million in 2005, is second-time arbitration eligible and asking for $8.95 million this season. Cincinnati offered him $7.1 million.

The two sides are still able to negotiate a new deal right up until their hearings begin.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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