Encarnacion avoids arbitration

Updated: February 17, 2009, 1:11 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds and Edwin Encarnacion have agreed to a two-year contract that will pay the third baseman at least $7.6 million through the 2010 season.

Encarnacion was the last Reds player in arbitration. The agreement was announced Tuesday, hours before a scheduled hearing in Phoenix.

Encarnacion had asked for $3.7 million this season; the team offered $2.55 million.

The deal calls for $2 million in 2009 and $4.75 million in 2010, along with an $850,000 signing bonus and performance bonuses of $25,000 for 600 plate appearances.

Encarnacion batted .251 last season with 26 home runs and 68 RBIs.


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