There aren’t going to be any more Cincinnati Reds games until next spring. But there’s certainly going to be plenty of things that effect the Reds over the next few days, weeks, and months.
No More “Ghost Runners” in extras
Maury Brown of Forbes reported earlier today that we’ve officially seen the last of the “ghost runners start on second base in extra-innings” experiment from Major League Baseball. That rule has never applied during the postseason. But Brown reports that it’s also not returning for the regular season moving forward.
The Cincinnati Reds have options on both Tucker Barnhart and Wade Miley. Nick Castellanos has a player option for 2022 (that if he chooses also locks him in for 2023). Justin Wilson also has a player option for 2022.
Options must be decided on within 5 days of the end of the World Series.
Teams also must decide in this time frame if they will extend a qualifying offer to a player who is an impending free agent. Michael Lorenzen and Mychal Givens will both be free agents unless they agree to deals with the Reds beforehand. Neither player seems remotely likely to be offered a qualifying offer.
Before Decision Day (TM) arrives we’ll have some breakdown of the four players with the Reds who decisions will be made with.
Once you are done laughing at the idea of the Reds using free agency, and trust us, we here at Redleg Nation understand where you’re coming from, the team probably will use free agency to fill some holes in the roster. Who they go about acquiring is going to be the big question. Right now there doesn’t seem to be any confidence the team is going to be big players in the market, but hey – maybe Brandon Phillips will finally be right about Bob inventing some new produce and that can be used for the Reds payroll.
Free Agency begins 5 days after the World Series ends. Of course, with the collective bargaining agreement ending a few weeks after that, players and teams both may be hesitant to do a whole lot right out of the gate.
The CBA Deadline
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on December 1st.
There are a lot of feelings about whether or not the MLBPA and the owners will come to an agreement in time to lead to an uninterrupted season in 2022. But there’s plenty of time between when the current CBA expires and when players would need to show up for spring training in mid-to-late February.
Looking back at preseason predictions
Back on March 31st some of the Redleg Nation crew gave their record predictions and offered up some words about why they went with the record that they did. Six of us gave it a shot and one of us got the record right. Am I including this because it was myself who got an 83-79 record correct? Maybe.
But there were some things that others got right, too. Nick Kirby felt that the biggest key to the season was health, noting that the team didn’t have great depth. He predicted 87 wins, and well, maybe had the team been a little healthier he could have been correct.
Jason Linden was pretty spot on with his overall assessment of the Reds when he had this one to go with his 85-win prediction:
Everyone does what we should expect them to do and the Reds are at least in contention for the most mediocre division in baseball.
It’s an interesting look back to see what we thought the season could look like now that we know how it went. As the old saying goes: You can’t predict baseball.