Source: Reds win arbitration case with Suarez

Third baseman to earn $3.75M in 2018, was seeking $4.2M

February 7th, 2018

CINCINNATI -- The Reds prevailed in a salary-arbitration case with third baseman , learned from a club source on Tuesday. After hearing from both sides, the panel ruled in favor of the club.

That means Suarez will earn the $3.75 million Cincinnati offered for a one-year contract in 2018.

Suarez was seeking $4.2 million, as he went through the arbitration process for the first time this offseason. He has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining and is under club control through the 2020 season.

Only second baseman Scooter Gennett's arbitration case remains unresolved. Gennett filed for $5.7 million while the club countered at $5.1 million.

Suarez, 26, batted .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs and 82 RBIs in 156 games last season.

Since a trade from the Tigers for pitcher before the 2015 season, Suarez is batting .260/.336/.438 with 60 home runs and 200 RBIs over 412 games with Cincinnati.

The last time the Reds went to arbitration with a player was in 2016, when they lost a case against reliever .