The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday that they have signed outfielder Chris Heisey and pitcher Alfredo Simon to one-year contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.
Chris Heisey’s contact is for a whopping $1,325,000, which seems like a pretty good deal for the 28-year-old Heisey going into his fourth year in the majors. In 2012, Heisey hit .265 with seven home runs, a drop from his 2011 stats when he hit 18 home runs in significantly fewer trips to the plate. The Reds need Heisey on board in the outfield having let go of Drew Stubbs, but with this contact being just for a year they are clearly not completely sold on him long term.
The 6’6” right handed relief pitcher Alredo Simon will make $890,000 in 2013, which will be his second year with the Cincinnati Reds. Simon pitched in 36 games for the Reds last year with a 2.66 ERA, an improvement from his 2011 season with the Baltimore Orioles when he took the mound in 23 games and finished the year with a 4.90 ERA.
With spring training quickly approaching, the Cincinnati Reds still have four players in arbitration including starting pitchers Homer Bailey, Mat Latos and Mike Leake. Bailey and Latos pitched well in 2012, whereas Leake struggled, finishing the season with an ERA of 4.58 and record of eight wins, nine losses. Shin-Shoo Choo was acquired in the off-season as a free agent from the Cleveland Indians and is expected to start for the Reds in center field.