Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover is "certainly a front-runner" to become the team's closer, but the job won't be handed to him.
JJ Hoover requested $1.4 million and was offered $1.225 million by the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.
JJ Hoover got the final three outs of Wednesday's win against the Pirates, recording his first save of the season.
Reds recalled RHP JJ Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.
Reds optioned RHP JJ Hoover to Triple-A Louisville.
J.J. Hoover imploded in the ninth inning Saturday, giving up a walk-off grand slam to Ike Davis to lose to the Mets.
J.J. Hoover allowed one run in his only inning of work against the Brewers on Thursday.
J.J. Hoover allowed three runs in an inning of work in the Reds' 8-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that he's unlikely to name a closer while Aroldis Chapman (head) is on the disabled list.
J.J. Hoover tossed a perfect seventh inning against the Rangers on Thursday.
JJ Hoover has been unscored upon in his last 21 appearances.
JJ Hoover allowed a hit and a walk but struck out the side in his inning of work against the Royals Thursday.
JJ Hoover notched his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.