Reds, Mike Leake avoid arbitration

Greg Fiume

The Reds avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Mike Leake on Friday, a source confirmed to MLB Daily Dish. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.925 million. The details of the contract were first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

This is Leake's second year of arbitration eligibility. The righty, who agreed to a one-year $3.06 million contract last year, nearly doubled his salary from last year.

Leake had a strong season for the Reds in 2013, posting a 3.37 ERA with 122 strikeouts, a 1.25 WHIP and a 14-7 record. In his three seasons since being drafted in the first round by the Reds in 2009, Leake ha a 42-29 record and a 3.99 ERA in 114 games, including 109 starts.

The Reds also avoided arbitrations with relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon. LeCure will earn a $3.05 million over two years. Simon will earn $1.5 million next year.

Cincinnati has two more arbitration-eligible players left in Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman.

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