The non-tender date is coming up on Monday. Teams will have until 8pm ET to decide whether or not to keep players around for the 2020 season. There are several candidates for the Cincinnati Reds who could be non-tendered contracts and become free agents. MLB Trade Rumors has a full list for every teams candidates. For the Reds they only list two players: Infielder Jose Peraza and pitcher Kevin Gausman.
Both players are looking at raises in arbitration if they are brought back. Guasman is projected to get a bump up to $10.6M, while Peraza is looking at a bump up to $3.6M. It feels like a virtual guarantee that Gausman is either going to be non-tendered because of that price, or he’ll sign a new contract (with say, an added year) with a lower AAV before Monday night. It’s just too difficult to see the Reds pay a non-starting pitcher that kind of money.
With Jose Peraza things are a little more difficult. We’ve seen the highs and lows with him over the last two seasons. He’s going to be 26-years-old next year. But in two of the last three seasons he’s posted an OPS+ of 62 or 63 – which is among the absolute worst in the game of baseball for a non-pitcher. It was that middle season, 2018, that gives some hope – when he hit .288/.326/.416 and posted an OPS+ of 98. Still, he’s coming off of a year in which he has significantly negative value to the team and is getting a raise of nearly a million bucks. And as things stand right now, he’d be a $3.6M bench player. While that’s not an outrageous price for a bench player – it’s an expensive one for a bench player who didn’t hit at all in two of the last three seasons.
Top 25 Offseason Trade Candidates
Heading back to MLB Trade Rumors, Jeff Todd and Steve Adams looked at the top 25 players that could be on the market. Some of the players are guys we’ve already written about, such as catcher Omar Narvaez, Dylan Bundy, and Mookie Betts. There are some interesting names on the list – like Francisco Lindor! But there’s also some less-talked about names like Andrew Benintendi, Trevor Story, and Trey Mancini. At the end of the day just about everyone is available for trade if someone else is willing to make the deal. But some of these players could be easier to acquire than others.
David Schoenfield shared his own list over at ESPN this week. The most enticing player in my opinion on his list is Joc Pederson, who crushed 36 home runs last season for the Dodgers.
On the prospect side of the ledger, MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Mike Rosenbaum, and Jonathan Mayo all chimed in on 30 prospects – one from each team – who could be dealt this offseason. Their Cincinnati Reds candidate is a bit of a confusing pick: Vladimir Gutierrez. That’s a confusing pick because he’s coming off of a season in which he posted a 6.04 ERA for Triple-A Louisville. He was just named as the Reds #14 overall prospect, and he’s still got some stuff to work with and he’s going to be 24-years-old next season – but you’d be selling at an all-time low point on him, too.