The Reds will avoid arbitration hearings for the second straight year after coming to terms on contracts for the upcoming season with their six remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Facing Friday’s deadline to exchange salary figures with those eligible for arbitration, the Reds agreed to one-year deals with Michael Lorenzen, Luis Castillo, Jesse Winker, Tyler Mahle, Amir Garrett and Noé Ramirez. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and other media reports, they agreed to the following salaries for the 2021 season:
Lorenzen: $4.4375 million
Castillo: $4.2 million (per Robert Murray of FanSided)
Winker: $3.15 million (per the Cincinnati Enquirer)
Mahle: $2.2 million (per Murray)
Garrett: $1.5 million
Ramirez: $1.175 million, plus an All-Star bonus
Lorenzen will become a free agent at the end of the season, while the other five remain under club control beyond this year. This was Lorenzen’s fourth year of arbitration eligibility, the second year for Ramirez and the first for Castillo, Winker, Mahle and Garrett.
If the Reds had not agreed to terms with those players on Friday, they likely would have determined their salaries for this season via arbitration. The club’s last hearing took place in 2019, when it lost its case against left-hander Alex Wood.
Lorenzen, a potential candidate for a spot in the rotation or the back of the bullpen as Cincinnati’s closer, recorded a 4.28 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33 2/3 innings over 18 appearances, including two starts, last season.
Castillo, an All-Star in 2019, took another step forward last year despite finishing with a 4-6 record, posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 89 strikeouts in 70 innings over 12 starts. The right-hander earned the largest salary of any of the Reds’ first-year arb-eligible players.
Winker was the Reds’ most productive hitter last season, slashing .255/.388/.544 with a team-leading .932 OPS along with 12 homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.
Mahle is coming off his best season in the Majors, as he posted a 3.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 60 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over 10 outings with the Reds last year.
Garrett, another potential closer entering the year, struck out 26 batters while posting a 0.93 WHIP and 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings over 21 appearances last season. He also recorded his first Major League save in a 4-1 win over the Pirates on Sept. 15.
Ramirez, acquired in the Raisel Iglesias trade, put together a 3.00 ERA in 21 appearances out of the Angels’ bullpen last season.