Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Report: Reds reach deal with Aroldis Chapman to avoid arbitration

The Reds and Aroldis Chapman have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract to avoid arbitration. The news was first broke by Joel Sherman of the New York Post and then confirmed by several media sources.

In short, the contract represents an equal compromise from both sides, as Chapman filed for $5.4 million while Cincinnati offered $4.6 million.

In 68 appearances last season, the Cuban southpaw tallied a 2.54 ERA, converted 38 save chances, posted a WHIP of 1.037, and notched a career-high 15.8 SO/9 over 63.2 innings pitched. He was also named a National League All-Star for the second consecutive year.

The accord with Chapman leaves Homer Bailey as the lone arbitration case left for the Reds.

The club previously inked Alfredo Simon, Chris Heisey, Sam LeCure, and Mike Leake to deals in order to avoid going to an arbitration hearing.

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