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Suarez electrifies clubhouse with new look

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A guy with dyed platinum-gray hair walked into the Reds clubhouse on Thursday morning. No, it wasn't TV chef Guy Fieri from Food Network, it was Cincinnati's regular third baseman, Eugenio Suarez.

The hoots and hollers came immediately.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A guy with dyed platinum-gray hair walked into the Reds clubhouse on Thursday morning. No, it wasn't TV chef Guy Fieri from Food Network, it was Cincinnati's regular third baseman, Eugenio Suarez.

The hoots and hollers came immediately.

"Oh my gosh!" yelled one teammate.

"Was that before arbitration?" commented Scooter Gennett.

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Then, Suarez visited manager Bryan Price's office to say hello.

"Skip, I wanted to look like you," Suarez joked to Price, who has more salt-and-pepper colored hair.

Suarez, who was voted to win the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award last year by the Cincinnati chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, said he had his black hair dyed two days ago.

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"I just wanted to do something different. I wanted to have fun, take a chance," said Suarez, who kept his beard its natural color.

The timeline confirmed that the arbitration process Suarez experienced for the first time didn't make his hair turn gray. On Feb. 6, he lost his case and will earn the $3.75 million Cincinnati offered for a one-year contract. He was seeking to make $4.2 million.

There were no hard feelings from Suarez, however.

"I was fine. It was a good case for both sides," Suarez said. "Everybody did a really good job, I'm fine with that. If it's a loss, that's just business. In the end, I feel great. I feel fine to be part of this beautiful team and this family. I am fine with that."

Suarez, 26, batted .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs and 82 RBIs in 156 games last season. He is hopeful that he could eventually sign a multi-year contract with the Reds.

"We'll see," Suarez said. "We're still talking."

Price likes what he sees
Reds pitchers Luis Castillo, Michael Lorenzen and Homer Bailey were among those who threw bullpen sessions on Thursday.

Before the club began its workout, Price was pleased with what he saw on Wednesday from pitchers like Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson and others who are competing for roster spots.

"That's a pretty nice group yesterday, huh?" Price said. "You go down the line -- Stephenson, [Jackson] Stephens, Romano, [Cody] Reed. The list goes on. It was just a really solid group to start Spring Training. Guys just out there pounding good, quality stuff."

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Few with limitations
With the exception of Jeff Manship, who had his Minor League contract voided because of a failed physical on Thursday, the Reds have few health issues lingering. Amir Garrett, who is coming off of an offseason right hip procedure, is being limited in fielding drills and running as a precaution.

"Nobody's completely shutdown. Even Rookie [Davis] is throwing," Price said.

Davis had offseason hip surgery.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey, Rookie Davis, Scooter Gennett, Michael Lorenzen, Eugenio Suarez