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Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

February 17, 2018

FILE- In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett runs the bases after hitting a grand slam off Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the first inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Miami pitcher Dan Straily and Kansas City pitcher Brandon Maurer argued their salary arbitration cases Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, and Cincinnati second baseman Gennett awaits a hearing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.

Gennett was awarded a raise from $2,525,000 to $5.7 million. The Reds offered $5.1 million.

Players finished with a winning record for the second time in three years, but only their fourth since 1996.

The 22 decisions were the most since players went 14-10 in 1990. Just five players settled among the 27 who swapped proposed salaries with their teams last month.

Gennett hit .295 last year and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. He hit four homers in a game on June 6.

With many teams adopting “file and trial” strategies, the only players who reached agreements after the Jan. 12 exchange of proposed salaries were Houston outfielder George Springer, Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Pittsburgh reliever Felipe Rivero.

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