SAN DIEGO — After a telephone call this week from Tony Gwynn, Padre President Ballard Smith called Tim Raines' agent to re-open negotiations.
It was Smith's first attempt to contact Reich since Reich turned down a two-year, $2.2 million Padre offer three weeks ago.
Gwynn had spoken with Raines earlier in the week and found that Raines still wants to play in San Diego. So the Padres' right fielder called on behalf of Raines, a free-agent outfielder. "Well, Tony Gwynn is going to be in the Hall of Fame someday," Smith said Friday, "and when Gwynn calls, I guess you've got to listen."
Smith called Raines' agent, Tom Reich, Friday. Reich was out of the office for the day, and Smith left a message.