CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Matt Belisle agreed to a
one-year, $1.25 million contract Thursday, leaving the Cincinnati
Reds with one player left in arbitration.
The 27-year-old Belisle went 8-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 30 starts
last season. He is one of several pitchers who will compete for a
spot in the rotation behind Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo.
Belisle made $390,000 last season and was eligible for
arbitration for the first time. He asked for $1.65 million, and the
club offered $1 million. His deal includes a chance to make up to
$100,000 in bonuses for innings pitched.
Belisle pitched a career-high 177 2-3 innings last season. He
would get paid an additional $25,000 bonus for reaching 175, 185,
200 and 210 innings.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips is the only Reds player left in
arbitration. Phillips asked for $4.2 million, and the Reds
countered with a $2.7 million offer.
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