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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Reds Roster Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players who won't be on the Cincinnati Reds roster next season, including Trevor Bauer.
Three players who won't be on the Cincinnati Reds roster next season, including Trevor Bauer. / Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
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The Cincinnati Reds had a successful season in 2020 as they grabbed the first wild card spot in the National League playoffs with a record of 31-29. The team fell, 2-0, to the Braves in the first round, however, and now enter the offseason with a lot of roster decisions to make.

The Reds have a core group of players intact and ready to compete for a World Series title, but need to fill out the rest of the roster and decide who is going to join them. With that in mind, here are three players who won't be on the Reds roster next MLB season.

1. Trevor Bauer

The biggest name to hit the free agent market this offseason will be Reds starting pitcher and likely National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. Bauer shined this season as the Reds' ace, going 5-4 with a league-best 1.73 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched. The team would love to get Bauer back in a Reds' uniform in 2021, but it would cost them a whole lot of money to do so. With teams such as the New York Yankees already rumored to be interested in Bauer, it may be best for the Reds to accept that they can't compete with the top offers Bauer is set to receive. In fact, they can use the money saved to fill out the roster with multiple mid-level free agents.

2. Nick Senzel

The Reds have some obvious holes to fill in the roster and are likely looking to acquire solid batters and a starting pitcher or two this offseason. One way they would be able to do that is by trading outfielder Nick Senzel. Senzel has had his fair share of ups-and-downs since being called up in 2019, but the 25-year-old still has the potential to be an all-star type of player. Also, Senzel is under club control through the 2025 season and presents a lot of trade value for team looking to field a younger roster. The Reds seem to ready to compete right now and trading Senzel for some MLB-level talent could be a smart move for the team.

3. Freddy Galvis

Galvis has served as a reliable player for the Reds over the past two seasons, but the team knew that he was never going to be their shortstop of the future. With the emergence of young prospect Jose Garcia, it is likely the Reds will just let Galvis test the market in free agency and opt not to re-sign him. Galvis enters a market full of starting-caliber shortstops such as Didi Gregorius and Andrelton Simmons. If the Reds do decide to sign a shortstop, it's possible they attempt to upgrade from Galvis and sign a more reliable offensive player. Overall, it seems Galvis' time in Cincinnati has come to an end one way or another.


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