The Cincinnati Reds and right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen have avoided arbitration. The two sides agreed to a deal worth $1.95M for the 2019 season. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report this.

For Michael Lorenzen, the bump up in pay is a raise of just over $600,000. In 2018 he made $1,312,500. MLB Trade Rumors was pretty close with their projection, estimating that he would get $1.9M in his arbitration case.

In 2018 Michael Lorenzen spent most of his time in the Reds bullpen, where he made 42 appearances. He would also make three starts for Cincinnati down the stretch. In total he threw 81.0 innings with a 3.11 ERA. That came along with 78 hits, six home runs, 34 walks, and 54 strikeouts. His strikeout rate took a huge dive from the two previous seasons, as did his groundball rate (though it remained above-average for the league). Despite that, his ERA was still strong on the year. His role for 2019 seems a bit up in the air. He will likely be considered for the last spot in the Reds rotation, though there’s a lot of competition for that spot. If he loses out he will slide back into his role in the Cincinnati bullpen.

The team also was able to avoid arbitration with Jose Peraza. The shortstop and the team settled on a 1-year deal worth $2.775M for 2019. Bobby Nightengale was also the first to report that.

This is a significant bump up in pay for Jose Peraza, who made the league minimum of $570,000 last season. But, the deal is much lower than MLB Trade Rumors projected him to land, with an estimated $3.6M mark.

In 2018 Jose Peraza played nearly every day. In his 157 games played he racked up 683 plate appearances, including 34 doubles, 4 triples, and 14 home runs. That helped him produce a .288/.326/.416 line, good for a 97 OPS+ on the year. Oh, and he also stole 23 bases.

The Reds may still have to go to arbitration with Yasiel Puig, Scooter Gennett, Tanner Roark, Anthony DeSclafani, and Alex Wood if they don’t reach agreements with those players.

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  1. Matt Esberger

    Are they going to slide Torres over to short?