J.J. Hoover beat the Reds in an arbitration hearing

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Right-hander J.J. Hoover and the Reds went through with an arbitration hearing over a difference of just $175,000 and the three-person panel ruled in favor of Hoover.

That means he’ll get a $1.4 million salary in 2016 rather than the Reds’ offer of $1.225 million.

Aroldis Chapman‘s departure leaves the closer role open in Cincinnati and Hoover is considered the favorite to claim the job. Last season as a setup man for Chapman he logged 64 innings with a 2.94 ERA and 52/31 K/BB ratio and Hoover has a 3.34 career ERA in 224 innings through age 27.

Arbitration eligible for the first time, he’s under team control through 2018.