Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reds Avoid Arbitration With Bailey, Janish

All totalled, Cincy was able to avoid arbitration with three of their five eligible players on Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with shortstop Paul Janish, starting pitcher Homer Bailey and reliever Bill Bray (previously reported).

The Associated Press is reporting that Bailey's contract is worth $2.425 million -- which is substantially more than the right-hander earned in 2011 ($441,000).

The exact salary figures for both Bray and Janish are still unknown at this time.

The signings leave the club with just two players remaining who are arbitration eligible. They are relievers Nick Masset and Jose Arredondo. Masset is allegedly seeking $2.9MM against the Reds offer of $2.1MM. Meanwhile, Arredondo is jockeying for $875,000 versus the team's $725,000 counter offer.

However, it's highly probable the club strikes an accord with the two players without ever going to the arbitration table. It's been eight years since the club last had a case go to a hearing -- that case resulted in the arbiter ruling against pitcher Chris Reitsma.

With just over 11 weeks until Opening Day, the 25-man roster is really beginning to take shape.

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