3 Reds Who Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2023 Season
By Larry Rupp
There's no denying that it has been a disaster of a season for the Cincinnati Reds. Manager David Bell's team sits toward the bottom of the NL Central division with a 46-70 record and almost every established star from the roster has already been traded. All eyes are set to the 2023 season now.
The good news is that the Reds have a ton of talented prospects ready to make the jump to the majors in the coming years. That means figuring out which veterans to keep around is a top priority. With that being said, here's a look at three Cincinnati players who won't be on the roster next summer.
Cincinnati Reds Roster
1. Mike Minor, SP
Veteran starting pitcher Mike Minor has a club option in his contract for 2023, but all signs point to the Reds cutting him loose via a $1 million buyout. Minor owns a disappointing record of 1-10 on the year to go along with a 6.31 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He is giving up hard contact to almost every single batter he faces and is well past the prime of his career. Cincinnati is looking to start a major rebuild and Minor was not acquired via trade last offseason to be a part of that. It's a safe bet to assume he'll be on the free agent market.
2. Donovan Solano, 2B/DH
It's been a frustrating season for infielder Donovan Solano. After signing a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, he has missed months of action due to a lingering hamstring injury. The veteran is back on field now, but is only seeing a start at 2B or DH every few days. That's because he doesn't fit the mold of a rebuilding team at 34 years of age. Solano has posted a slash line of .310/.374/.434 and has logged 15 runs scored, 9 doubles, 3 home runs as well as 16 RBI across 43 games. That should make him an intriguing bench target for contenders in free agency this offseason.
3. Jeff Hoffman, RP
Jeff Hoffman may be the best trade chip the Cincinnati Reds have left after dealing Tyler Mahle and Luis Castillo at this year's MLB deadline. The starter turned reliever owns an ERA of 3.83 and a WHIP of 1.41 across 35 appearances (44.2 innings). The 29-year-old is also allowing a career-best 1.0 home runs per nine innings pitched. Keep in mind Hoffman is under team control for two more years and is capable of being either an opener or multi-inning reliever. Tossing him name into trade conversations could land the Reds a mid-level prospect in return. That would be huge for a rebuilding team.
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