The Cincinnati Reds have non-tendered right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. He missed the 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in February. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic is reporting that Bailey has agreed to re-sign with Cincinnati on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Cincinnati is bringing back the other 10 arbitration eligible players on big league contracts.
That means that the Reds will be bringing back pitchers Luis Castillo, Luis Cessa, Amir Garrett, Jeff Hoffman, Tyler Mahle, and Lucas Sims, as well as position players Kyle Farmer, Tyler Naquin, Nick Senzel, and Jesse Winker.
MLB Trade Rumors projects the salaries in arbitration for those players to be as follows:
- Tyler Naquin – $3.6MM
- Luis Cessa – $1.6MM
- Luis Castillo – $7.6MM
- Amir Garrett – $2.2MM
- Jesse Winker – $6.8MM
- Tyler Mahle – $5.6MM
- Kyle Farmer – $2.2MM
- Jeff Hoffman – $1.1MM
- Lucas Sims – $1.2MM
- Nick Senzel – $1.1MM
Teams and players can come to agreements for new contracts before they reach arbitration. Those deals can simply be for the 2022 season, or they can be longer than that if the sides would like. Agreeing to a contract for the 2022 season does not mean that the player would become a free agent after that, unless they were already due to become a free agent at that time.
Tendering the contract also doesn’t mean that the team is on the hook for all of that money. A player tendered a contract, but who is cut/released in spring training is only due 45-days of that pay by the team, not the full season’s amount.
For a player who struggled last season, such as Amir Garrett, but who has found some success in the past, how he looks in spring training could really come into play. Assuming that the MLB Trade Rumors projected salary of $2.2M is correct, but he is released during spring training, that would mean that Cincinnati would owe him $541,000 instead of the full amount.
As things stand tonight, the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster is at 38 players.