Masset gets two-year deal
Nick Masset avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a new two-year contract with the Reds through 2011.
The deal is worth $2.58 million in guaranteed money. The reliever will get $1.035 million in 2010 and $1.545 million in 2011. The are performance-based incentives as well.
Masset went from falling way short of the fifth starter’s job in Spring Training to a indispensible right-handed set-up man for the Reds.
“It was important to get him signed,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We were glad to get a two-year deal. It gives him a little security and us some payroll security. He worked hard and deserved it. We’re happy to get it done.”
Reliever Jared Burton remains the lone Reds player up for arbitration. Numbers are exchanged Tuesday. Based on the previous post last night, odds are strong there will be an agreement before the two sides enter a hearing.
Jocketty also drew a line in the sand. If there isn’t a deal before the numbers are exchanged, there will be no willingness to settle before the hearing date.
“We are taking a little tougher approach,” Jocketty said. “We’re telling agents that we want to get deals done before the numbers are exchanged. Hopefully, it’ll be done by Monday. If not, we’re going to arbitration. We’re not messing around with it. Too many agents want to exchange numbers so they can inflate them. We’re not doing it anymore.”