LeCure gets two-year contract

The Reds and reliever Sam LeCure avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to a Twitter post from his agency the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

UPDATE: It’s a two-year, $3.05 million contract. LeCure will get $1.2 million in 2014 and $1.85 million in 2015. There are some escalators that can boost his 2015 salary and 2015 performance bonuses included.

LeCure’s deal came before a Friday deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures on one-year contracts ahead of an arbitration hearing.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, the deal through 2015 will take care of LeCure’s first two arbitration years, leaving him eligible one more time.

LeCure made $510,000 for Cincinnati last season. In a career-high 63 games, he was 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA. He allowed 50 hits and 24 walks while striking out 66 over 61 innings.


I know there’s a lot more to consider here, but it seems crazy that Chris Heisey will earn more than Sam LeCure based on their 2013 performances. LeCure seems like he’s becoming more and more important to this team and Heisey seems to be going in the other direction. I realize there are subtleties to the arbitration process that I don’t understand, but it looks a little like LeCure is still underpaid.

Heisey…plays several positions, plays everyday if needed, fast, base runner if needed daily, some sock
LeCure…reliever, can’t pitch everyday, or sometimes, even every other day

Not based on the performance from the previous year, for the most part. Based on time of service mostly.

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