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Reds and RHP Mike Leake avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.06 million contract.

Leake requested $3.5 million and was offered $2.65 million from the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. The 25-year-old right-hander was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. With Aroldis Chapman expected to join the Reds' starting rotation, Leake's role is uncertain headed into spring training.