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.

9 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    Some dollars saved. I assume that Jose P, poor defense, had a base for accepting a lower then projected price to avoid arbitration.

  2. Mark Moore

    Solid progress so far with the 3 settlements. If I recall, the Reds have a pretty good track record of getting this done and avoiding the hearings.

  3. jreis

    that is a steal for Lorenzen especially if he can really be our 5th starter. then you have an extra pinch runner/hitter the other 4 days

    • Bill

      If they thought he could be the fifth starter the Reds wouldn’t be looking to add another starter via free agency or trade. Unless the injuries start piling up he will be in the bullpen and possibly get an occasional start if someone needs to skip a start

  4. WVRedlegs

    Wow. The Yankees are signing free agent 2B DJ LeMahieu. This throws a monkey wrench into the free agent market and the market for 2B. Doubt very seriously that Machado becomes a Yankee now.

    • Matt Esberger

      Are they going to slide Torres over to short?

  5. matthew hendley

    Scooter took a 1$ million dollar pay cut off his projection avoiding ARB. 9.7 Million dollars

    • matthew hendley

      Disco settles as well. that’s four today.

  6. Sliotar

    Doug…. if you stop by here …. I saw your note on Twitter.

    Thoughts and prayers on your dog. Dogs feed off the love and determination of their owners, so that should certainly help yours.

    My brother and sister-in-law refused to accept their dog’s illnesses as terminal … and that dog just kept going and going …. and gave them and their kids 15 great years.