With new deal, Reds keeping Rolen through 2012

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mlb_a_rolen11_576.jpgWith the Reds hurting for payroll
relief, Scott Rolen has agreed to restructure his contract with an extension that will carry him through the 2012 season,
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.



Rolen, who turns 35 in April, was set to earn $11 million next
season, but under the terms of the new agreement, he will take home $6
million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2012. He’ll also receive a
$5 million signing bonus, deferred over the next three seasons.




Rolen batted .305/.368/.455 with 11
home runs and 67 RBI in ’09, including a .270/.364/.401 line in 137
at-bats after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
Even though he missed nearly three weeks with post-concussion symptoms,
his 128 games played were his most since 2006 with
the Cardinals. As always, the biggest question is whether he can remain
healthy, but assuming he can, it’s a more than fair deal for the Reds
if it means they can improve in other areas.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.