Thursday, January 26, 2012

Arredondo, Reds Reach Agreement


The Redlegs entered Thursday with just one arbitration-eligible player on their roster, and by Thursday evening they had none.

This is because the franchise reached a two-year deal with reliever Jose Arredondo, thus dodging the arbitration bullet one final time for the 2012 offseason. The exact salary figures have yet to be released, but it's safe to assume the right-hander will see a bump in pay from the $480,000 he made last season.

After missing the entire 2010 campaign due to undergoing Tommy John surgery, Arredondo bounced back strong in 2011. The 27-year old posted a career high in appearances (53) while also recording a 4-4 record and a respectable 3.23 ERA. He boasts a career WHIP of 1.31 and a SO/9 ratio of 8.5 -- a career that spans 3 seasons (159 IP).

Arredondo is likely to assume a similar role in the Reds bullpen as he did last year. He'll be relied on greatly in the middle innings of the games, either protecting a lead for newcomers Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson or keeping the score close in hope of comeback.

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