Posted January 16, 2014 on AP on Fox
Outfielder Chris Heisey has agreed to a $1.76 million, one-year contract, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with five players in salary arbitration. Heisey was in line to take over as the full-time left fielder after Ryan Ludwick tore the labrum in his right shoulder while sliding into base on opening day. Instead, Heisey pulled his right hamstring and was on the disabled list from April 29 to June 24. He ended up batting .237 with nine homers and 23 RBIs in 87 games last season, when he made $1,325,000. His agreement was announced Thursday. Right-handed starters Homer Bailey and Mike Leake, right-handed relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon, and closer Aroldis Chapman were set to exchange proposed arbitration salaries with the Reds on Friday. --- Follow Joe Kay on Twitter:

Reds exchange arbitration figures with Aroldis Chapman, Homer Bailey

While the Reds reached agreements with the likes of Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, and Alfredo Simon on Friday to avoid arbitration, the club wasn't able to strike a deal with Aroldis Chapman nor Homer Bailey.Instead, the Reds traded salary figures with the two pitchers before the afternoon deadline.According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Cincinnati and Bailey are worlds apart from...

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Reds sign LeCure, Simon, leaving 3 without deals

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BHSC tweets that Reds and Leake have reached a one-year deal

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Jim Bowden: Nelson Cruz is the missing link for the Reds

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Reds agree with LeCure, Simon ahead of Friday's arbitration deadline

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Player Profile #152: Tony Cingrani | SP | CIN

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