Friday, January 17, 2014

Reds agree with LeCure, Simon ahead of Friday's arbitration deadline

Yesterday it was Chris Heisey who signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Today it was the turn of Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon.

Word of Lecure's deal came first as he agreed to a two-year, $3.05 million deal. According to Mark Sheldon's blog, Lecure will earn $1.2 million in 2014 with a bump up to $1.85 million in 2015, while also standing the change of earning boosters and performance bonuses in '15. This was Lecure's first year of arbitration eligibility, so the deal will cover his first two years, with one year remaining for 2016, before LeCure will be eligible for free agency in 2017.

LeCure has become a fan favorite, with his incredible facial hair. It also helps that he has found his niche in the bullpen allowing him to become a successful pitcher thus far. For his career, LeCure is 9-10 with a 3.47 ERA in four years, all with Cincinnati. In 2013, he appeared in a career high 63 games while posting a a 2-1 record with a 2.66 ERA, his best to date. He also struck out 66, while walking 24 batters.

Simon signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million dollars, according to Sheldon. This was his second year of arbitration. He can become a free agent in 2016.

Simon is far from a fan favorite, unless you're talking about a favorite pitcher to rag on. That's probably not fair, but it's the truth. He came to the Reds in 2012 after four less than impressive years with the Baltimore Orioles. Despite that, he has posted two successful seasons with Cincinnati to this point, going 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 2012 and going 6-4, with a 2.87 ERA in 2013.

Friday is the deadline for players and teams to exchange desired salary numbers. With Heisey, LeCure, and Simon locked down, that leaves Aroldis Chapman, Homer Bailey, and Mike Leake as the remaining arbitration eligible-players for Cincinnati.

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