The Cincinnati Reds have officially declined the 2023 option on left-handed starter Mike Minor. That move was expected after Minor posted a 6.06 ERA in 19 starts for the Reds in 2022. The 34-year-old pitcher noted as the season ended that he had been contemplating retirement as his season ended late in the year with a sore shoulder. Cincinnati will owe Minor a buyout of $1,000,000 – but the Kansas City Royals did send $500,000 over to the Reds when Minor was acquired from them if the team opted to decline his 2023 option.
Along with the move of declining the option on Minor, five Reds reached free agency as the season officially came to an end. With that, players on the 60-day injured list were also “activated”, making them officially a part of the 40-man roster again when it comes to actually be counted on as one of the 40 players. That chain of events leaves the Cincinnati 40-man roster at 39. That will chance over the next week as the team will need to choose players to add to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, which will likely mean non-tendering, trading, or designating some players for assignment in order to create space.
The Cincinnati Reds are losing assistant pitching coach Eric Jagers to the New York Mets according to a report from Michael Mayer of Metsmerized. Jagers is taking on the role of Director of Pitching Development with the Mets.
The departure of Eric Jagers to another organization is just another in the long line of pitching related departures in the organization in the last few years. After the 2020 season the Reds lost assistant pitching coach/director of pitching Caleb Cothom to the Philadelphia Phillies where he took over as their pitching coach. In the 2021 season, near the end of the minor league season, Kyle Boddy exited the organization after serving as the teams director of pitching. During the 2022 season the Triple-A pitching coach, Seth Etherton exited the organization to take an assistant coaching job at USC.
There has been a whole lot of turnover with regards to pitching over the last few years. Derek Johnson took over as the Director of Pitching when Kyle Boddy exited the organization. However, during the season he shared some of that role with the minor league pitching coordinators so he could focus more on the day-to-day stuff at the big league level. Now Johnson will have to help find a new assistant pitching coach for the third time in three seasons.