Sam LeCure Rumors
JAN. 24: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (via Twitter) that LeCure will earn $1.2MM in 2014 and $1.85MM in 2015. However, LeCure will have the opportunity to boost his 2015 base salary to $2MM, as he'll earn a $50K boost to his 2015 salary for appearing in 60, 65 and 70 games in 2014.
JAN. 17, 10:12am: LeCure's deal guarantees him $3.05MM, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter).
The 29-year-old LeCure has seen consistent year-to-year improvement in his Major League career to this point. His ERA has dropped from 4.50 in 2010 to 3.71 in 2011 to 3.14 in 2012 and finally 2.66 in 2013. All told, LeCure has a career 3.08 ERA with a 196-to-68 K/BB ratio in 190 innings since being converted to a reliever in 2011. He owns a career 45.5 percent ground-ball rate in addition to his strong strikeout rate.
MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz had projected LeCure to earn $1MM in arbitration this offseason, but Reds GM Walt Jocketty avoided that process for the next two seasons with this two year deal. The Reds still have several high-profile cases remaining, including Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon.