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The Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoid arbitration

Jan 28, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman have settled on a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. His salary: $5 million, which is the midpoint between his asking price of $5.4 million and their offer $4.6 million.

And before you ask, yes, I realize that Chapman had a long-term deal with Cincinnati when he signed there. But under the terms of that deal, Chapman was eligible to convert the $3 million he was originally owed for 2014 into a bonus if he was eligible for arbitration. So the $3 million is now mere bonus with the $5 million as his salary, making him an $8 million man this year.

No word on whether that contract ever discussed converting him back into a starting pitcher, but I guess I lost that battle a couple of years ago.

  1. nymets4ever - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Good organizations know how to balance the desires of their key employees and the needs of the entity as a whole, and how to put them in the right positions to succeed. Chapman is a rare talent, so when he repeatedly says that closing is his best avenue to helping the team win, he should be listened to. This is not some dime-a-dozen shelf stocker at Walmart saying he wants to push carts instead.

  2. leylandshospicenurse - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    This is good news for the Braves. Now Kimbrel has to prove he is worth nearly twice as much as Chapman

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