Cincinnati Reds Arbitration Notes: Aroldis Chapman, Zack Cozart, Mike Leake, Todd Frazier


Sep 28, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

With the deadline for exchanging arbitration figures between players and their teams passing today at Noon CT, the Cincinnati Reds moved  a bit closer toward solidifying their salary commitments for 2015.  In particular, the Reds settled on a new contract with two of their arbitration-eligibles and exchanged figures with two others.

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Kiley McDaniel reported via Twitter that the Reds countered third baseman Todd Frazier‘s $5.7 million submission with a $3.9 million figure.  Either number would be a big bump up from the $600K that Frazier made in 2014.

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman tweeted that closer Aroldis Chapman filed a figure of $8.7 million, which the Reds countered with $6.65 million. As one of the more dominant relievers in the game, Chapman, who made $5 million in 2014, may have the upper hand here.

On a less contentious note, Heyman reported via Twitter that shortstop Zack Cozart agreed to a one-year, $2.35-million deal, a raise of $1.75 million.

Finally, Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have signed right-hander Mike Leake to a one-year contract for $9.775 million.  Leake, of course, will be a free agent after the 2015 season, and this $4-million+ salary increase is just a preview of the escalation the Reds can expect if they hope to sign him for 2016 and beyond.

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