With the World Series now completed the 2022 Major League Baseball season is now over. That means that players are now free agents who have completed their required service time. For the Cincinnati Reds it means that five players are now on their way to testing the market for their services. Pitchers Chase Anderson, Hunter Strickland, and Justin Wilson, as well as catcher Austin Romine and infielder Donovan Solano are all now officially free agents. Players who have options on their contract for next season could join this list, but those decisions still have a few days to be made. For the Reds that list only has one player on it – Mike Minor.
Teams do have an “exclusive window” to negotiate with their now former players for new contracts until Thursday at 5pm ET. After that, the players and their agents are free to talk to any teams to try and secure a job moving forward. I can’t recall a time in which a player re-signed with their former team during this period, but it may have happened before.
As for the Reds players heading out, only Donovan Solano could be argued as someone who performed solidly. He hit .284/.339/.385 in 80 games after missing much of the first half of the season. Chase Anderson, Hunter Strickland, and Justin Wilson either performed poorly, or just didn’t perform in the case of Wilson – he threw 3.2 innings on the season and underwent Tommy John surgery in early June. Austin Romine, who had his contract purchased from the Cardinals on August 2nd, hit .147 over the final two months of the season after joining Cincinnati.
Important upcoming dates
As noted above, free agency really begins on November 10th at 5pm ET when teams can begin to talk with everyone instead of just the players that were on their team in 2022 and are now entering free agency. In two Tuesdays, November 15th, teams must finalize their 40-man roster moves with regards to adding players to the roster who would otherwise be Rule 5 draft eligible (we will cover these players this week, so be sure to check back in).
On Friday November 18th teams must make their final decisions on whether to tender contracts for the 2023 season to anyone who isn’t already signed beyond this year. That list for the Reds is quite long. We covered the players earlier in October if you want to take a look and see what decisions the team has to make.