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What to watch for: Reds offseason FAQ

@m_sheldon
October 20, 2020

CINCINNATI -- The offseason business of baseball, a.k.a. Hot Stove season, will be up and running for all clubs shortly after the World Series. The Reds have plenty of decisions to make ahead of them. After president of baseball operations Dick Williams resigned on Oct. 7, general manager Nick Krall

CINCINNATI -- The offseason business of baseball, a.k.a. Hot Stove season, will be up and running for all clubs shortly after the World Series. The Reds have plenty of decisions to make ahead of them.

After president of baseball operations Dick Williams resigned on Oct. 7, general manager Nick Krall remained and was promoted to head of baseball operations, while retaining his title. Krall has plenty of work on his agenda as Cincinnati tries to take the next step following an early exit from its first postseason since 2013.

5 key questions facing Reds this offseason

Here is information to help guide you into the winter:

Which players are free agents?
Right-handers Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani and Tyler Thornburg, and shortstop/second baseman Freddy Galvis are free agents. Outfielder Nick Castellanos can be a free agent if he exercises his after-the-season opt-out clause from the four-year, $64 million contract he signed in January.

Which free agents might get a qualifying offer?
Major League Baseball will set the qualifying offer from clubs to its free agents at $18.9 million for a one-year contract. The qualifying offer deadline is 5 p.m. ET on the fifth day after the end of the World Series.

Those who receive a qualifying offer have 10 days to accept or reject it. If they accept, the one-year deal is done. If it’s rejected, teams are eligible for a compensation pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Based on those parameters, the only Reds free agent likely to get a qualifying offer is Bauer. Castellanos would be a candidate as well in the event he opts out, which appears unlikely.

Who is eligible for arbitration?
RHP Archie Bradley (third year), C Curt Casali (third), RHP Luis Castillo (first), IF Kyle Farmer (first), LHP Amir Garrett (first), OF Brian Goodwin (second), RHP Michael Lorenzen (fourth), RHP Tyler Mahle (first), RHP Robert Stephenson (first), OF/DH Jesse Winker (first)

Who might be a non-tender candidate, and when does the club have to make that decision?
The tender deadline is Dec. 2. Non-tender candidates were LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Matt Bowman, DH/IF Matt Davidson and outfielder Travis Jankowski. But they were already cleared from the 40-man roster when the organization sent them outright to Triple-A Louisville.

When is the deadline to reinstate players from the 45- or 60-day injured list?
Five days after the World Series.

When is the Rule 5 Draft protection deadline?
Nov. 20.

Who needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter to avoid the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10?
Left-hander Reiver Sanmartin, right-handers Vladimir Gutierrez (the Reds' No. 17 prospect per MLB Pipeline), Dauri Moreta, Riley O’Brien (No. 16), Mac Sceroler and Jared Solomon (No. 29), shortstops Miguel Hernandez and Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 19), infielder Debby Santana and outfielder TJ Friedl (No. 21) will need protection from the Rule 5 Draft.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook.