Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I don't think that's it. Provided his performance doesn't fall off a cliff, the contract will make EdE easier to trade than if he were scheduled for arbitration again next year. Of the 3B prospects, only Frazier might be ready by the beginning of 2010. Francisco and Soto are going to need more time.
I'm glad they were able to work out a deal. I think this is going to be a big year for Edwin.
Encarnacion, Reds agree to 2-year deal (update)
Posted by JohnFay at 2/17/2009 8:49 AM EST on Cincinnati.com
Walt Jocketty said the Reds worked out a 2-year deal with Edwin Encarnacion at 2:30 or this morning. The deal is pending a physical. The sides avoid arbitration The Reds had offered $2.55 million; Encarnacion requested $3.7 million.
Jocketty would not reveal the money. It will come out as soon as it's official.
All position players reported, as expected. Non-roster catcher Humberto Coto is still not here.
Update: Encarnacion is not here as well. He went to Phoenix, where the hearing was scheduled to take place today. He'll be back tomorrow.
"It's good," Dusty Baker said. "The aftermath of hearing is never nice. It's good for Edwin. It's good for us."
I know Encarnacion is much-maligned on the blog. But remember two things: He's only eight month older than Joey Votto, and Encarnacion's on-base (.340) and slugging (.446) were higher than Brandon Phillips. That said, he's got to cut down on his errors -- 23 is way too many.