The Cincinnati Reds and Michael Lorenzen have agreed to a 1-year deal worth $3,725,000 for the 2020 season as first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Today is the day that teams and players must submit their arbitration numbers for the 2020 season. But not everyone is getting to that point, as many players and teams are coming to agreements before the deadline hits and just signing contracts in advance.
As I type this the Cincinnati Reds still have four players that are arbitration eligible: Right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, right-handed pitcher Matt Bowman, and catcher Curt Casali. The team had previously agreed to a 1-year deal with outfielder Travis Jankowski, who would have also been arbitration eligible.
For Michael Lorenzen, the $3,725,000 is quite a bit short of what MLB Trade Rumors had projected that he would get. In their projections he was set to get $4,200,000 – so that’s a $475,000 difference in favor of the Reds on this one.
Lorenzen is coming off of a strong 2019 season with the Reds. The just turned 28-year-old reliever posted a 2.92 ERA in 83.1 innings. He allowed just 68 hits – nine of which were home runs, and he walked 28 batters with 85 strikeouts. At the plate he also homered once and had two doubles. That season was good for 2.4 WAR (Baseball-Reference version) when you account for both the hitting and the pitching. That tops his previous best, which was 2018 when he had 1.4 pitching WAR and 0.7 hitting WAR according to Baseball-Reference.
We’ll continue to update things today as they develop. It’s possible that other players on the above list could also come to agreements with the Reds on deals for 2020. If not, we’ll have a post up this evening on what everyone filed for and break down a little bit of what it could mean for the payroll for the upcoming season depending on how things work out with the arbitrator.