Aug 19, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Arbitration: Reds, Aroldis Chapman reach a deal


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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