CINCINNATI -- The Reds avoided arbitration with David Weathers on Wednesday, when they signed the reliever to a one-year contract with a club option for 2010. Weathers will earn $3.5 million this season and can make an additional $700,000 in incentives based on games finished. The option is worth $3.7 million and carries a $400,000 buyout. Last season, Weathers made $2.7 million and became a free agent during the offseason. He was offered salary arbitration in December and accepted to guarantee his return.
"David has been a big part of our club for a few years," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Ownership and I felt it was important to get this resolved before arbitration and have David in camp on a positive note." Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion remains Cincinnati's lone arbitration case pending. Weathers, 39, was 4-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 72 relief appearances in 2008 -- his sixth straight season with at least 70 games pitched and 10th straight with at least 63 appearances. The right-hander let two of his 15 inherited runners score and he posted a 2.45 ERA over his final 36 appearances. In 2007 as Cincinnati's closer, Weathers saved 33 games but went to a setup role last season after Francisco Cordero was signed.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.