On January 17, 2003 — Avoiding arbitration, the Cincinnati Reds give Danny Graves (7-3, 3.19, 32 saves) a three-year deal. The team’s former closer is slated to join the starting rotation this season after posting a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in his four appearances as a starter at the end of last season.

Graves will go 4-15 with an ERA over % and return to the bullpen in 2004 and save 41 games.