Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration today with a one-year deal. The terms are unknown, but Chapman submitted a $8.7 million figure while the Reds’ proposal was $6.65 million. Figure the midpoint is what he’ll be paid.
Chapman will be 27 this season. Last year he saved 36 games with a 2.00 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 54 innings which is simply ridiculous.
UPDATE: Strike that midpoint talk: Jeff Passan reports that the deal is $8.05 million, which is nearly half a million above the midpoint.