Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Arbitration-Eligibles Will Stay with Reds

The Reds have six arbitration-eligible players this winter, and all six were tendered contracts before Monday night's deadline. The six were shortstop Paul Janish and pitchers Bill Bray, Edinson Volquez, Nick Masset, Homer Bailey and Jose Arredondo.

None of the pitchers is really a surprise as each one of them will be expected to contribute from their portion of the pitching staff. Bray, Masset, and/or Arredondo could be relied on at some point this season to close a ball game. The Reds still hope that Bailey or Volquez can put together a consistent season, free from injury to help bolster what was a disappointing starting rotation last year. Of course, that is if neither of them is traded. There haven't been any solid rumors around Bailey, but Volquez was a little bit of ink away from being sent to the Rockies, and may still hold some interest in Colorado. Volquez may have an outside opportunity to close ball games as well.

Janish being tendered a contract isn't a complete surprise, although many thought that the Reds could non-tender him and try to work out a minor league deal with him. Janish had a really rough year offensively, hitting just .214 with zero home runs and just 23 RBIs in 114 games. Even though, his defense was solid, he still spent time in Triple-A Louisville last year also. The Reds are looking to sign a versatile veteran infielder who can back up Zack Cozart at shortstop, so Janish will still be on the outside looking in, but will be available in the event of an emergency, or a possible offensive emergence on his part, should the Reds need someone else to play short.

So what does all of this mean? The players have from now until January 18th to sign and if there is no deal in place by that date, then the club will swap figures with each player, in order to work out a deal to avoid arbitration. Arbitration hearings will take place in the first three weeks of February for any player who has still not signed by then.

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