Friday, January 17, 2014

BHSC tweets that Reds and Leake have reached a one-year deal

The Beverly Hills Sports Council has tweeted, as you can see above, that the Reds and Mike Leake have reached a one-year deal, making him the fourth player with which the Reds have avoided arbitration so far. BHSC is the sports agency that represents Leake.

Figures have not yet been made available, but we will post them when they are.

*UPDATE 1:45pm ET
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, tweeted that Leake will receive $5.925 million plus incentives in 2014.

Leake is entering his fifth year in the majors, all with Cincinnati. He is a 2nd-year arbitration-eligible player and can become a free agent in 2016.

For his career, he has pitched in 114 games, 109 of them starts, and has posted a 42-29 record with a 3.99 ERA. 2013 was a career year for Leake as he set highs in starts (31), wins (14), innings (192.1), and strikeouts (122). He also posted a career-best 3.37 ERA to go with his 14-7 record. Leake figures to remain a lock at the end of the rotation for 2014, as the Reds expect another solid year from him.

That leaves Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman as the only players who could go to arbitration. That is highly unlikely however, as the Reds haven't had an arbitration hearing with a player since Chris Reitsma in 2004. They did have to exchange salary figures by 1pm Friday however.

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