Reds re-sign Hamilton, Rijo

Pitchers Joey Hamilton and Jose Rijo both signed minor league contracts with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Hamilton, 31, went a combined 6-10 with a 5.93 ERA last season.

He joined the Reds shortly after being released by the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 3.

Rijo, 36, returned to the major leagues last season after a six-year absence due to arm problems.

He wound up 0-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Reds.

Cincinnati also avoided arbitration by inking righthander Elmer Dessens to a one-year contract.

Dessens, 29, was the Reds' winningest pitcher in 2001.

He went 10-14 with a 4.48 ERA and one complete game in a team-high 34 starts.

Dessens led the Reds with 205 innings pitched and 128 strikeouts.

The Reds also locked up outfielder Robin Jennings and righthander Chris Booker to one-year pacts.

Jennings, 29, appeared in 27 games for the Reds after stints with the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics.

He hit .286 with three home runs and 14 runs batted-in.

Booker, 25, went 4-6 with a 4.24 ERA and two saves in 61 appearances for the double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and West Tenn Diamond Jaxx of the Southern League.

The Diamond Jaxx are a link in the Chicago Cubs minor league chain.