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Reds now talking multi-year deal with Edinson Volquez

Jan 21, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

The Reds haven’t been overly active in free agency this offseason, but they’ve done a nice job of locking up some of their key internal components.

Staff ace Bronson Arroyo was signed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in early December.  Young power-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce inked a six-year, $51 million extension less than two weeks later.  Then first baseman Joey Votto got a three-year, $38 million extension on Monday and young starter Johnny Cueto scored a four-year, $27 million pact on Thursday.

But the Reds aren’t done yet.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that the club is talking about a multi-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez.

“We’re looking at both — one-year and multi-year,” said Jocketty. “We’re hopeful that we’ll get something done.”

The 27-year-old right-hander missed a good portion of the 2010 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he struck out 67 batters in 62.2 innings once he was cleared for live action and he has shown flashes of true excellence for the past several years.

Volquez is eligible for arbitration this winter for the first time.  He requested a $2 million salary for 2011 when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week.  The Reds counted at $1.1 million.  Both sides can avoid the need for an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a multi-year pact that would lock Volquez in at a set price through his three upcoming seasons of arbitration eligibility, and maybe even a free agent year or two.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    the other signings make sense for the reds but I would wait to see if the guy they traded Josh Hamilton for can put together a full season with more than just flashes of brilliance before I lock him up long term. has there ever been more made of a player who has had one third of a good season like this guy?he won 14 games before the all-star game his first year with the reds then ended up the year with 17. that means he went from middle of july thru sept. and won 3 more game.he got hurt the next year came back at the end of last year after being sent down to class A for being so bad after his rehab stint, looked good then choked in the playoffs. numbers don’t lie just like the 4.20 ERA on the back of his baseball card. the rangers got rid of him for a reason,again look at the numbers he put up with them.I hope he puts up cy young type numbers for the reds this year but why reward him based on flashes? if that’s the case then give Homer Bailey a big raise to, he has shown flashes of brilliance during his career to.just because they traded away an mvp does not mean the guy they got in return has to paid like one.

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