Free agency has technically already begun, but only in a weird kind of way. Players who were set to become free agents following the World Series can only negotiate with their previous team until Monday. It’s a big day for the Cincinnati Reds.
The club announced on Saturday, just before noon, that they had declined the 2024 club options on both Joey Votto and Curt Casali. Both players are now free agents. Cincinnati will be paying them $7,000,000 (Votto) and $750,000 (Casali) to not play for them next year. Now back to the original article:
There are plenty of needs that could be addressed in free agency if the team is willing to write some checks. And they should given that they only have about $37,000,000 in payroll for 2024 if everyone gets their expected arbitration numbers.
The free agent market has plenty of options out there that Cincinnati could take a look at. MLB Trade Rumors has an up-to-date list of players who are free agents or could be depending on whether or not their options are exercised (either by the player, the team, or both). Earlier this week Jim Bowden of The Athletic took a look at some of the top free agents and which ones seemed like a good fit with the Reds.
Most deals aren’t signed in November, though that does happen. The same goes for trades. Things begin to heat up at the Winter Meetings in early December, but the general manager meetings are this upcoming week out in Arizona. This could be where some trade talks begin, but much like the signings – don’t expect anything big to come out of these as far as trades go.
Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game
On Sunday night the annual Fall Stars game will take place. It’s not as much of an All-Star game as it is a showcase of sorts. With that said, the Reds will have two prospects representing the club in the game. Catcher Michael Trautwein and right-handed reliever Andrew Moore were both added to the team and if either get into the game you can watch it starting at 8pm ET on Sunday via MLB Network or MLB.com.