Arizona Diamondbacks Avoid Arbitration With Addison Reed


The Arizona Diamondbacks are once again not going to an arbitration hearing with one of their players.

On Friday, the club and their closer Addison Reed agreed to a one-year contract. The deal pays the 26-year-old $4.875 million, according to ESPN. He can also earn $50,000 in performance bonuses.

The new deal is not far off from what the D-Backs countered to Reed originally. Reed asked for $5.65 million last month while Arizona came back with a counter of $4.7 million.

What’s remarkable is that the organization hasn’t gone to an arbitration hearing since 2001 when they did so with catcher Damian Miller. They might still have to do so with outfielder Mark Trumbo though as the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on a new deal.

As for Reed, he was up and down last season in his first year in a Diamondbacks uniform after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox. Reed had 32 saves in 38 chances, but he had an ERA of 4.25 and an ugly record of 1-7.

One thing you can say about Reed’s season last year was that he was consistently inconsistent. There wasn’t much of a difference in his numbers before and after the All-Star break; 4.30 ERA before and 4.15 ERA after.

The D-Backs are expecting bigger and better things from their closer in 2015. If he has a first good couple of months to his season, there’s a distinct possibility that Reed could be traded before the Trade Deadline, given all the young relief depth this club has.