Eugenio Suarez loses arbitration hearing against Reds

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Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez lost his arbitration hearing against his team, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Suarez had filed for a salary of $4.2 million for the 2018 season while the Reds countered at $3.75 million. As a result of the panel’s decision, Suarez will earn $3.75 million for the upcoming season.

Suarez, 26, was eligible for arbitration for the first of three years. He had a productive 2017 campaign for the Reds, batting .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs, 82 RBI, and 87 runs scored in 632 plate appearances.

Suarez will reprise his role at third base, but he has a new partner on the left side with Zack Cozart having left in free agency. Jose Peraza will handle shortstop.

The players are 5-3 thus far against their teams in arbitration hearings this offseason. Historically, teams have tended to emerge victorious, so a 62.5 percent success rate for the players isn’t too shabby. Suarez, Roberto Osuna, and J.T. Realmuto have lost their cases. Mookie Betts, Adeiny Hechavarria, Shelby Miller, Ken Giles, and Justin Bour have won.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).