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J.J. Hoover wins arbitration hearing against Cincinnati Reds

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One down, one to go.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

According to fomer CBSSports.com baseball writer and current MLB Network talking head Jon Heyman, J.J. Hoover has won his arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds.

The two sides had been a comically small $175,000 apart in their initially submitted figures, which had me initially speculating that the reason why no settlement had been reached for 2016 was because the two sides were discussing a multi-year deal (akin to the one Sam LeCure signed prior to the 2014 season, for instance).  That $175,000 difference was apparently important enough to the Reds organization that they opted to go to a hearing over the case for the first time since 2004, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

For reference, if Homer Bailey comes back and pitches 102 innings in 2016, he'll make over $175,000 for every inning he throws.

The trade of Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees coupled with Hoover's bounce-back 2015 likely has him in line for the closer's role in 2016, especially since the rest of the bullpen looks as green as any in recent memory.  Not that there appear to be many save opportunities in the forecast or anything.

Hoover and Zack Cozart's reconstructed knee were the only arb-eligible cases for the Reds in 2016.  Cozart and the Reds settled last month, with the shortstop set to make $2.925 million this year.