The club and relief pitcher Jared Burton agreed to a one-year, $810,000 contract, avoiding arbitration. Burton was the last remaining arbitration-eligible player. The sides were to exchange figures Tuesday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It worked out well,Ã¢â‚¬Â Reds general manager Walter Jocketty said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re happy. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re happy. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to get through the arbitration process. Now, we can start thinking about baseball.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Always good to avoid those arbitration hearings, I say. I’m a Burton fan, and I expect him to have a big bounce-back year in 2010. Hope I’m right.