The Cincinnati Reds were hard at work this week taking care of issues concerning its pitching staff as Mike Leake and Armando Galarraga signed new contracts while Todd Redmond will be headed to a new team.
Leake avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $3.06 million deal that was short of the $3.5 million he asked for, but more than the $2.65 million the Reds offered. Leake's spot in the rotation is unknown as the Reds will attempt to bring Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen into the rotation, which would push Leake to the bullpen. The Reds still have three arbitration eligible players in Shin-Soo Choo and pitchers Mat Latos and Homer Bailey.
The Reds also added pitchers Manny Parra and Armando Galarraga to the mix for Spring Training. The left-handed Parra will join the Reds bullpen after spending five seasons with Milwaukee. A one-time starter, Parra moved to the bullpen full-time in 2012 appearing in 62 games, but had a 5.06 ERA.
Galarraga is most known for his near perfect game, but has failed to come anywhere near that success in past seasons. In the last two years he has only appeared in 13 games and has gone 3-8 with a 6.21 ERA and hasn't won since April 19, 2011.
With the addition of Parra the Reds had to make room by sending Todd Redmond down from the 40-man roster. On Friday Redmond was claimed off of waivers by Baltimore.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 12 and the rest of the team will join shortly after on the 15.