Scooter Gennett was the last remaining member of the Cincinnati Reds to hear the verdict of his arbitration hearing, and those results became public on Saturday. According to FanRag’s Jon Heyman, Gennett won his case over the Reds, and as a result will receive a $5.7 million salary in 2018 instead of the $5.1 million the Reds had counterproposed.
scooter gennett wins arb case. gets $5.7M. reds had proposed $5.1M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2018
Gennett, of course, is fresh off a breakout campaign, one where he socked 4 dingers in a single game against the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a year-long 27 dinger season. Still just 27 years old, Gennett posted a 124 OPS+, which was the best mark of his career over a full season worth of work, and even added playing 3B, RF, LF, and 1B to his resume by showing some decent versatility.
The former wavier claim from Milwaukee will enter camp in Goodyear as the presumptive starting 2B, with the likes of Dilson Herrera and Alex Blandino in-house options as potential backups and/or platoon partners for the lefty-swinging Gennett. In his second year of arbitration eligibility, Gennett’s contract status is under team control by the Reds through the 2019 season.