The Reds have avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal with utilityman Ryan Freel. No terms available yet, but Freel made $405,000 last year. This is his first year eligible for arbitration; he made it as a "Super 2" player.
Freel is a guy who's really won me over the past two years, and I'm glad to see him get paid. Hopefully we'll see alot of him leading off this year, especially considering the Womackian alternative. Money: $1.3 million in 2006, $1.7 million in 2007. There are plate appearance bonuses in the 2007 money that could bump it up to $2.65 million.