Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds will not be going to arbitration reports Joel Sherman.
The two sides reached an agreement on the midpoint of their two figures, good for a one-year, $5 million contract. Chapman earned $2 million in 2013.
The fireballing left handed closer for the Reds totaled 38 saves for the second season in a row, but the ERA of 2.54 suggests that hitters may have made some adjustments. In his second All-Star year, Chapman saw his K/BB ratio go from 5.30 to 3.86.
Chapman will be going into his age-26 season and has long been rumored to be a part of the Reds’ starting rotation. For now, he will remain the ninth-inning man for his club.
This deal leaves starting pitcher Homer Bailey as the only Redleg who has not reached a deal avoiding arbitration.
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