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Reds, Heisey avoid arbitration with one-year deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds and outfielder Chris Heisey avoided arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.76 million, confirmed.

Arbitration-eligible for the second time, Heisey received a raise from the $1.325 million he made last season. He batted .237/.279/.415 in 2013 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs over 87 games while also missing time with a hamstring injury.

The deal with the 29-year-old Heisey comes ahead of Friday's deadline for clubs and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures.

Heading into Spring Training, Heisey is expected to be the Reds' fourth outfielder behind Ryan Ludwick, Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce. He could loom large as center-field protection behind Hamilton in certain matchups.

Cincinnati now has five players who remain eligible for arbitration: Aroldis Chapman, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

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