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3 Players That Won't Be Returning to the Reds Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players that won't be returning to the Cincinnati Reds next season.
Three players that won't be returning to the Cincinnati Reds next season. / AP Photos/Matt Marton

To say the 2022 MLB season was a disappointment for Cincinnati would be an understatement. The Reds finished tied for last place in the NL Central with a 62-100 record and traded away their top two starting pitchers at the deadline. A long rebuild is now underway with a roster full of unproven youth.

Keeping veterans around to bring experience and wisdom to the locker room has to be a top priority for the Reds this offseason. The simple fact is that the front office isn't just going to re-sign every name out there, though. Here's a look at three Cincinnati players that will likely depart as free agents.

Cincinnati Reds 2023 Roster

1. Mike Minor, SP

It would be surprising to see the Reds pick up pitcher Mike Minor's $13 million club option for the 2023 season, especially because a buyout only comes with a cost of $500K. While the 34-year-old was able to eat innings this year, he finished with a career-worst 6.06 ERA and was credited with a loss in 12 of his 19 starts. The current starting rotation features the likes of Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, Nick Lodolo and Justin Dunn. All signs point to the Reds opting to lean on a prospect like Levi Stoudt or Brandon Williamson rather than a veteran nearing the end of his career.

2. Donovan Solano, INF

While Minor struggled to make a positive impact in 2022, veteran Donovan Solano provided a much-needed pop to the roster with his efforts at the plate. The 34-year-old slashed .284/.339/.385 across 80 games and finished tied for fourth on the team with 16 doubles. However, there may not be a spot for his right-handed bat in the 2023 lineup. The Reds have Kyle Farmer set to be the everyday shortstop and reports suggest the coaching staff wants to turn Nick Senzel from an outfielder into a super utility player. Cincinnati's depth when it comes to infield prospects leaves little room for Solano to nail down a bench spot, either.

3. Hunter Strickland, RP

Relying on Hunter Strickland to be the clear-cut closer did not work out well for the Reds this past season. The 34-year-old posted a dismal 1.82 strikeout to walk ratio and ended the year with a 4.91 ERA across 62.1 innings. He was letting batters reach base left and right (1.51 WHIP). The good news for Cincinnati is that Alexis Diaz emerged as a reliable late-inning reliever and the franchise can feel comfortable heading into 2023 with him tabbed as the closer. Keep in mind Strickland has been with four different teams over the last two seasons. His time as a dependable reliever may be coming to an end.

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