The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to contracts for the 2022 season with pitchers Luis Castillo, Luis Cessa, Jeff Hoffman, and infielder Kyle Farmer – avoiding arbitration with all four players. Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reports that Castillo will get $7.35M, Farmer will get $3.155M, Cessa will get $1.8M, and Hoffman $925,000 for the upcoming year.
Earlier today we learned that Luis Castillo may miss opening day after a sore shoulder set him back a little bit in preparation for the season. The right-handed starter has never landed on the injured list during his career. He’s currently throwing, but with opening day taking place in just two-and-a-half weeks, it’s tough to see how he will be ready to go when Cincinnati gets started in Atlanta on April 7th unless he’s going to be counted on for only one or two innings. However, with Major League Baseball and the Players Association coming to an agreement that there will be expanded rosters in April of 28 players this season (Joel Sherman of the New York Post had this information first), perhaps that is exactly what could happen as the team will have additional pitchers on the roster to bridge the gap for starters who aren’t going to be ready to give teams 5-7 innings during the first week or two of the season due to the late start to spring training and the short ramp up.
MLB Trade Rumors is usually pretty good with their arbitration projections and they were pretty good with the Reds from today’s agreements. Kyle Farmer came out ahead by quite a bit, but overall they were close.
After also coming to an agreement on a deal with Nick Senzel and Tyler Naquin on Monday, the Reds are left with Lucas Sims on the arbitration table. As of 1pm ET on Tuesday, teams and players had to file their numbers for arbitration. Deals can and have been agreed to after that deadline. Many teams, though, have generally gone to the file and trial approach, where once the deadline comes and goes they no longer try to negotiate a deal and just head to arbitration to argue for the salary they want to pay.