Encarnacion signs two-year deal
The Reds avoided arbitration with third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday by agreeing to a new two-year contract. Terms were not immediately available.
Encarnacion’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.
When numbers were exchanged last month, Encarnacion was seeking $3.7 million while the club offered $2.55 million.
“The aftermath is never nice,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of arbitration hearings. “I’m glad they came to an agreement. It’s good for Edwin and good for us.”
The deal came together at 2:30 am ET, general manager Walt Jocketty said. Encarnacion’s hearing was scheduled for 9:30 am Phoenix time. The Reds had assistant GM Bob Miller in Arizona to head their case.
“It was inevitable it’d go right to the end,” Jocketty said. “It seemed like there were a lot of guys in that class that were kind of negotiating until the end for whatever reason. Anyhow, we’re glad to get it done.”
The Reds have not gone to arbitration with a player since they won a case over pitcher Chris Reitsma in 2004.