Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Chris Heisey agreed to one-year deal Thursday to avoid arbitration. On Friday, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, and Alfredo Simon all followed suit by signing deals. Only Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman are salary arbitration-players remaining for the Reds.
Heisey signed a one-year deal worth $1.76 million Thursday. The 29-year old appeared in 89 games last year, his lowest total since entering the league. He batted .237 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Heisey played a considerable amount after Ryan Ludwick injured his shoulder on Opening Day. However, later in the season, an hamstring injury plagued Heisey causing him to miss a decent amount of time. He seems to be the fourth man in the outfield behind Ludwick, Jay Bruce, and Billy Hamilton.
Leake avoided salary arbitration for the second straight year. He signed a one-year, $3.06 million contract before last season. The righty had, statistically speaking, his best season winning 14 games with a 3.37 ERA, both career bests. He also had career bests in appearances (31), games started (31), innings pitched (192.1), and strikeouts (122). Leake, 26, will be a part of one of the top rotations in the National League.
Relief pitcher Alfredo Simon also signed a one-year deal after being eligible for arbitration for a second time. The 32-year old appeared in 63 games last year racking up a 6-4 record. He had a respectable 2.87 ERA while striking out 63 batters. He should find himself right where he was last year as this season begins.
LeCure was the only player to sign a deal longer than a year. His two-year deal with earn him $3.05 million and he will still have a year of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year old from Jefferson City, Missouri also appeared in 63 games and ended the season with a 2.66 ERA. He struck out 66 batters while walking just 24. Both LeCure and Simon saw significant increases in playing time due to the injuries on Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton.
With those four signings, only Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman are eligible for arbitration. Both played significant roles on last years playoff team.
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