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| Eno Sarris
Rotowire: Feb 13 / 7:14a ET
News: Chapman and the Reds have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal Friday.
Impact: This deal should be worth somewhere between what the two parties filed, $8.7 million and $6.6 million. There was some speculation that they were seeking an agreement for a multi-year deal, but Chapman will likely instead play the 2015 season out, go through arbitration one more time in 2016, then hit free agency.
StatsLLC: Feb 13 / 12:00a ET
News: Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing.
Impact: The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors with an average of 17.67 strikeouts per nine innings. According to fangraphs.com, he was first in average fastball speed at 100.2 mph.
Rotowire: Feb 11 / 11:21a ET
News: Chapman remains the Reds' lone arbitration-eligible player, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has filed for $8.7 million, while the Reds countered for $6.65 million.
Impact: This is the second time that Chapman has been arbitration-eligible. The Reds were able to sign both Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier to multi-year deals to avoid a hearing, and we'll see if they're trying to do the same with Chapman.