The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a bullpen that was among the league’s worst in 2021. There’s a strong core already in place, but the pressure to supplement it effectively continues to build as the club’s window of contractual control over some key players gets smaller.

 

Guaranteed Contracts

Joey Votto, 1B: $57MM through 2023 (includes buyout of 2024 club option)

Mike Moustakas, 3B: $38MM through 2023 (includes buyout of 2024 club option)

Eugenio Suárez, 3B: $35MM through 2024 (includes buyout of 2025 club option)

Sonny Gray, RHP: $10.667MM through 2022 (no buyout on 2023 club option)

Shogo Akiyama, CF: $8MM through 2022

 

Players With Contractual Options

Nick Castellanos, RF: Can opt out of contract’s remaining two years and $34MM

Wade Miley: LHP: $10MM club option ($1MM buyout)

Tucker Barnhart, C: $7.5MM club option ($500K buyout)

Justin Wilson, LHP: $2.3MM player option; if Wilson declines, Cincinnati holds a $7.15MM club option ($1.15MM buyout)

Total 2022 commitments (assuming Castellanos opts out and Wilson exercises player option): $90.467MM

 

Projected Salaries for Arbitration-Eligible Players (projections via MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz)

Luis Castillo — $7.6MM

Jesse Winker — $6.8MM

Tyler Mahle — $5.6MM

Tyler Naquin — $3.6MM

Amir Garrett — $2.2MM

Kyle Farmer — $2.2MM

Luis Cessa — $1.6MM

Lucas Sims — $1.2MM

Jeff Hoffman — $1.1MM

Nick Senzel — $1.1MM

Non-tender candidates: Garrett

 

Free Agents

Michael Lorenzen, Mychal Givens, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Mike Freeman, Delino DeShields Jr., R.J. Alaniz

The Reds hung around the postseason picture all season, even looking like Wild Card favorites into September. The Cardinals streaked to the National League’s final postseason spot near the end of the year, though, leaving the Reds on the outside looking in for the seventh time in the past eight years.