The Reds took care of an important piece of business on Monday, coming to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a one-year deal and avoiding arbitration.
"Jared has done a great job in our bullpen the last few seasons, and we're counting on him again in 2010," Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. "We're glad to have signed Burton and Nick Masset before going to arbitration. Neither side wanted to go to a hearing."
Burton, 28, posted a 4.40 ERA in 53 relief appearances last year and spent time on the disabled list in July and August with a fatigued right shoulder. After he came off the DL on Aug. 10, Burton posted a 2.35 ERA over 22 appearances, including a 1.20 ERA in his last 15 games of the year.
In three seasons with the Reds, Burton is 10-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 154 appearances, all in relief.
Masset, also a right-handed reliever, was the only other Reds player eligible for arbitration, and on Saturday he signed a two-year contract.
The Reds have now settled their last six arbitration cases with players over the past two winters, with Burton and Masset this year and right-handers David Weathers and Matt Belisle plus third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and second baseman Brandon Phillips last year.