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Reds starting to spend

While the Cardinals have gone dormant for the winter, the Reds seem to be just getting started.

According to reports out of Cincinnati, the club has signed outfielder Jeremy Hermida and it continues to be in hot pursuit of former St. Louis shortstop Edgar Renteria.

Hermida has the lefty outfield bat that former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty has been said to desire. He's hit double digit homers in three of the last four years and is a .259 career hitter in six seasons with the Marlins, Red Sox and Athletics. But last season was the 26 year old's worst in the majors. He only hit .216 with six homers in 73 games split between Boston and Oakland. Hermida's best year was 2007 with Florida when he hit .296 with 18 homers.

The Cincinnati Inquirer and mlb.com both report that the Reds have an offer on the table for Renteria.

The club is believed to have three or four million to spend on players, which would allow them to top the $1 million offer from the Giants that the 2010 World Series MVP flatly rejected.

"We've been talking with them and a couple of other people," Jocketty told mlb.com when asked about contact with Renteria's representatives. "Whoever we sign will be more of a complementary player that's able to play different positions and bring experience."

Renteria's agent, Barry Meister, told the website his client isn't ready to sign just yet.

"We're not close to a deal with anyone on Edgar," Meister told mlb.com. "Edgar knows Walt from their days in St. Louis, and we have great respect for him."

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