Michael Lorenzen put in the work, fought through injuries and he was left with disappointment when he wasn’t rewarded for it.

He rehabbed for three months from a shoulder strain, which ruined his opportunity to be a starting pitcher. He suffered a grade 3 hamstring strain and returned in 11 days.

One of the most athletic players in the league pushed his body to the limit, but the Cincinnati Reds fell short of the playoffs. Lorenzen finished with a career-high 5.59 ERA across 27 appearances and the second-lowest strikeout rate of his career.

Now he’s preparing for his first journey through free agency. He hasn’t ruled out a return to the Reds – “someone told me never to close any doors,” he said – but he seems likely to end up elsewhere next year.