Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reds avoid arbitration with Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.76 million deal, according to multiple sources close to the team. The move was announced Thursday evening.

Heisey, 29, has spent his entire professional career within the Reds organization, beginning from being tabbed in the 17th round of the 2006 amateur draft, to batting .237/.279/.415 in 244 plate appearances in 2013. In 1,153 career plate appearances, Heisey owns a slash line of .254/.308/.433 with 42 home runs, 46 doubles, and 125 RBI.

A versatile defender, and a valuable right-handed bat off the bench, Heisey was in line to take over full-time in left field last season after Ryan Ludwick tore up his right shoulder on Opening Day. However, in a cruel twist of fate, Heisey would have to spend time on the disabled list from April 29 to June 24 after suffering a right leg injury.

Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Alfredo Simon, and Aroldis Chapman are the five Reds players who remain in salary arbitration. Both the Reds and each player are slated to exchange proposed arbitration figures on Friday.

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