Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000, US leaving two Cincinnati players in salary arbitration.
Choo made $4.9 million last season with Cleveland, which traded him to the Reds as part of a three-team deal in December. The Reds plan to start him in centre field in place of Drew Stubbs — who went to the Indians — and bat him leadoff.
He had asked for $8 million in arbitration, and the Reds had offered $6.75 million. Choo filed for the highest figure among the six Reds in arbitration.
Cincinnati has discussed multiyear deals with starters Mat Latos and Homer Bailey, its last two cases after Monday's settlement. Bailey has asked for $5.8 million and has been offered $4.75 million. Latos has asked for $4.7 million and has been offered $4.15 million.
Fowler, Rockies avoid arbitration
Speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.
The 26-year-old Fowler gets $3.25 million this year and $7.35 million in 2014. He also will receive a $1 million signing bonus, payable within 15 days of his contract being approved by Major League Baseball.
The Rockies announced the deal Monday. Fowler is coming off a season in which he posted career highs in batting average (.300), RBIs (53), home runs (13) and games (143).
Even more, Fowler's speed allows him to track down many a flyball while playing centre at spacious Coors Field. He was selected by Colorado in the 14th round of the 2004 draft. The Rockies will hold their first full workout on Sunday.