After the Cincinnati Reds and pitcher Aroldis Chapman were unable to reach an agreement on a contract, it seemed like arbitration was the only viable option. However, sources report that the Reds and the "fireball" pitcher have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million.
When numbers were exchanged, the Reds countered Chapman's $5.4 million request with a $4.6 million offer.
This was the first year that Chapman was eligible for arbitration. The 25-year old signed a six-year contract worth over $30 million. The contract will make him $8 million for the upcoming season.
In his first four season with the Reds, Chapman has appeared in over 200 games (just under 200 total innings) while totaling 77 saves and striking out 324 batters (15.8 strikeouts per 9 innings).
Homer Bailey remains as the only Reds player to be arbitration-eligible.
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