The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with Yasiel Puig, agreeing with the newly acquired outfielder on a $9.7 million contract for 2019.
The Reds also reached deals Friday with right-handers Tanner Roark ($10 million), Anthony DeSclafani ($2,125,000) and Michael Lorenzen ($1.95 million), second baseman Scooter Gennett ($9,775,000) and shortstop Jose Peraza ($2,775,000). Friday was the deadline to avoid arbitration.
Left-hander Alex Wood is Cincinnati’s only arbitration-eligible player without a deal. He asked for a raise from $6 million to $9.65 million, and the team offered $8.7 million.
The Reds got Puig, Wood and outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in a Dec. 21 trade for right-hander Homer Bailey, minor leaguer infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray. The Reds also obtained catcher Kyle Farmer and will get $7 million from the Dodgers on Sept. 15.
Kemp is due $21.5 million in the final season of his contract, and he, Puig and Wood will eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.