Cincinnati's agreement to tender contracts to shortstop Paul Janish and pitchers Bill Bray, Edinson Volquez, Nick Masset, Homer Bailey and Jose Arredondo means that the club is prepared to go to an arbitration hearing with any of the six, should the process take them that far. In the meantime, the club and players have time to reach their own agreements independently.
Bray, Arredondo, Bailey and Janish are all arbitration-eligible for the first time. This is the second arbitration year for Volquez, who avoided a hearing last winter by agreeing to a $1.625 million deal in January. Masset was arbitration-eligible for the first time two years ago and signed a two-year deal that earned him $1.545 million in 2011.
If any of these six players remains unsigned on Jan. 18, the club and the player will exchange a desired salary figure. Arbitration hearings will then be scheduled during the first three weeks of February for any player who still can't reach an agreement.
Janish was the only one of the six players that was thought to be a possible non-tender candidate. By retaining the 29-year-old infielder, the Reds give themselves the option of using Janish as a backup option to Zack Cozart, who will likely be Cincinnati's starting shortstop in 2012.
Janish, who lost the starting shortstop job midway through the 2011 season, finished the year with a .214 batting average, .259 on-base percentage and 23 RBIs in 114 games.
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