The Cincinnati Reds have come to agreements with outfielder Nick Senzel and pitcher Justin Dunn for the 2023 season. Both players would have been arbitration eligible this year had they not agreed to contracts with the Reds.
Update at 5:35pm ET
The Reds have also signed pitchers Luis Cessa, Lucas Sims, and Tejay Antone, as well as infielder Kevin Newman to contracts for the 2023 season and avoided arbitration with all of them.
Nick Senzel agreed to a deal for $1,950,000 according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Heyman also was the first to report that the Reds and Justin Dunn got a deal for 2023 agreed to for $900,000. MLB Trade Rumors had a projected arbitration salaries for Senzel at $2,200,000 and for Dunn at $1,100,000. While those are just estimations based off of past precedents, it does come out in favor of Cincinnati here with a $400,000 lower total between the projections and the actual contracts signed.
Mark Sheldon of Reds.com reports that Luis Cessa will get $2,650,000, while Lucas Sims will get $1,267,500, Tejay Antone will get $770,000, and Kevin Newman will get $2,662,000 for the upcoming season. The MLB Trade Rumors projections for those salaries was $7,500,000 between that group, with the actual salaries coming in at $6,964,500. Between all six of today’s signings the Reds came in nearly $1,000,000 below the projections.
The Reds now have zero arbitration cases to prepare for as they get ready for spring training.
Fangraphs releases their Reds top prospect list
Eric Longenhagen released his Cincinnati Reds Top 46 Prospects in the organization earlier this morning over at Fangraphs. There’s no surprise to see Elly De La Cruz at the top of the list. But after that we do start to see several surprises in how the guys rank in the top 10, as well as several players beyond that point.
Among the top 20 prospects in the organization, half of them were not in the organization a year ago. Nine of those players were acquired via trades and one player – Cam Collier – was drafted this past summer.