Reds agree to deals with Heisey and Simon

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to one-year contracts with

outfielder Chris Heisey and right-hander Alfredo Simon, avoiding

arbitration.

Heisey will make $1,325,000 and Simon will earn $890,000. The

deals were announced by the Reds on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Heisey batted .265 with seven homers and 31 RBIs

in 120 games for the Reds last season. It was a considerable

drop-off for Heisey: In 2011, his second year in the majors, he

also appeared in 120 games but hit 18 homers in 68 fewer

at-bats.

Simon, 31, went 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 36 relief appearances in

his first year with the Reds after parts of four seasons in

Baltimore.

Cincinnati still has four players in arbitration: pitchers Homer

Bailey, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.