How the Reds' roster looks after '21 season

October 27th, 2021

CINCINNATI -- As the Reds formulate their budget and plans for 2022, they will continually be taking a long look at their own roster to see who still fits and who does not.

Here is a look at players from the 2021 season and what their contractual statuses are heading towards the new year.

C (contract expires after World Series)

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Barnhart has a $7.5 million club option with $500,000 buyout. If he remains, he would again be the left-handed hitting part of a two-man tandem with Tyler Stephenson. His veteran experience, defense and game-calling skills remain highly respected.

C (under club control through 2026)

It was a successful rookie season for Stephenson, who demonstrated he could hit in the middle of the lineup and improve behind the plate, while also learning first base. He could step in as the regular catcher in 2022, if Barnhart’s option is declined.

1B (signed through 2023)

Votto has two years and $50 million remaining on his contract with a $20 million club option for 2024 that carries a $7 million buyout. The 38-year-old is coming off a renaissance season with a club-leading 36 homers, with 99 RBIs.

2B (under club control through 2026)

The leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, India has cemented himself as the team’s second baseman and leadoff hitter for the next few seasons.

SS (second-year arbitration eligible)

Farmer emerged from a utility role to become the regular shortstop in 2021. His ability to make most plays while improving offensively gives him a chance to retain the job in 2022.

SS (under club control through 2027)

Barrero has big league skills and range defensively but is still working as a hitter. His athleticism could see him move to center field, where he showed he could play in a few games last month.

3B (signed through 2024)

Including a 2025 club option buyout, Suárez has three years and $35.6 million remaining on his contract. Despite a Major League worst .198 average, he slugged 31 homers. The club is hoping a strong September can carry over into next season.

3B (signed through 2023)

Moustakas is owed $38 million over the next two years after having a subpar first two years on his contract. He missed 85 games on the injured list this season while batting .208 with six homers. If the DH comes to the NL in 2022, this could be a spot for him.

IF (free agent after the World Series)

Cabrera was 2-for-26 for the Reds after being claimed off waivers in August. He is unlikely to return.

IF (under club control through 2026)

Schrock demonstrated he could more than hold his own as a lefty contact hitter who doesn’t strike out much. He also provides versatility being able to play first base, second base, third base and left field.

IF (under club control through 2025)

Blandino missed two months with a broken right hand when he was hit by a pitch in June but finished the season in Triple-A. He’s versatile but hasn’t yet been able to break through and stick on the big league roster.

IF (under club control through 2027)

Lopez batted .320 in the Minors in 2021 and his ability to make contact earned him his first big league call up. He can play multiple infield spots and left field, which should allow him to compete for a bench spot in 2022.

OF (opt-out clause after the World Series)

Castellanos can opt out of his four-year, $64 million contract, which he is expected to do. But if he remains, the Reds owe him at least $34 million through 2023. There is a $20 million mutual option for 2024. The club sorely needs his power bat, and it will be hard to fill if he departs.

OF (second-year arbitration eligible)

Under club control through 2023, Winker was one of the Reds’ best hitters in 2021 while slugging 24 homers and batting .305 with a .949 OPS. But he was limited to 110 games because of an intercostal strain. Winker hasn’t played more than 113 games in a season because of injuries and his remaining healthy will be paramount next season, especially if Castellanos departs.

OF (under club control through 2025)

Aquino has been unable to approach anything close to his prolific month of August 2019 the past couple of seasons. He was given added playing time when Jesse Winker was injured over the final six weeks of 2021 but could not capitalize. He could be a potential non-tender candidate in the offseason.

OF (third-year arbitration eligible)

Signed to a Minor League deal last winter, Naquin made the team and stepped up in mostly center field. The lefty hitter notched career highs with 127 games, 19 homers and 70 RBIs and could be in center field or right field next season, or serve as a fourth outfielder.

OF (signed through 2022)

Akiyama is owed $8 million next season in the final year of his three-year, $21 million contract. Hamstring injuries forced him to miss time at the beginning and end of 2021, but his continued offensive struggles against Major League pitching have made it difficult to find him playing time.

OF (first-year arbitration eligible)

Senzel did not play a game after May 17 this season because of left knee surgery and a slow recovery. Injuries have marred his three seasons and a should-be promising career in the big leagues to this point. He will have a chance to compete for his old job in center field next spring, but the club can’t automatically expect him to be in the lineup until he shows some more durability.

OF TJ Friedl (under club control through 2027)

Friedl got promoted during the final month of this past season and he fared well during his opportunity while batting .290 in 14 games. The lefty hitter can play all three outfield spots – but mainly center field – and will get a chance to compete for a spot next spring.

SP (second-year arbitration eligible)

Following a disastrous first two months, Castillo turned it around and finished with a 3.98 ERA while making all of his starts. He should be back as the rotation ace while the Reds hope he gets off to a better beginning in 2022.

SP (signed through 2022)

Due to earn $10.17 million in the final year of his contract, there is a $12 million option for 2023. Gray dealt with injuries and what he termed an “average” 2021 performance. If healthy, the right-hander can be firmly up there with Castillo at the top of the rotation next season.

SP (second-year arbitration eligible)

Mahle established career highs with 13 wins, 33 starts, 180 innings and 210 strikeouts in 2021. Although his home splits were poor compared to on the road, he should return as a middle-of-the-rotation fixture as he continues to progress as a pitcher.

SP (signed through 2021)

Miley has a $10 million club option for 2022 ($1 million buyout). If the Reds pick it up, they will get their most consistent pitcher back from 2021. His veteran presence and ability to pitch late into games would be a boost.

SP (under club control through 2027)

After he missed all of 2020 serving a PED suspension, Gutierrez emerged as a big league rookie in 2021. Eleven of his first 16 games were quality starts until he ran out of gas down the stretch. He should be part of the back of the rotation again next season.

SP (under club control through 2027)

Made two starts in September vs. the Pirates and posted a 1.54 ERA. The lefty impressed the organization all season and he could be competing for a rotation spot next spring.

SP (under club control through 2027)

O’Brien had one brief start the final week of the season and didn’t fare well. He will get more opportunities next spring to position himself as a top depth option.

RP Tejay Antone (under club control through 2025)

After Antone had Tommy John surgery in August, the Reds will be without their best reliever for all of 2022.

RP (free agent after the World Series)

One of their longest-tenured players, Lorenzen will be on the open market for the first time. It’s not expected that he will be re-signed by Cincinnati.

RP (free agent after the World Series)

Givens became a big back of the bullpen option after being acquired before the Trade Deadline. He will have a chance to cash in nicely this winter – most likely for another club.

RP (first-year arbitration eligible)

A 4.40 ERA in 47 appearances overall doesn’t paint the picture for Sims, who emerged this season as a key high-leverage reliever. He had a 1.26 ERA over his final 15 games and ended the year without walking his final 55 batters faced. Sims could be a key reliever in the back of the 2022 bullpen.

RP (second-year arbitration eligible)

Garrett’s stock went down during a full season of struggles with a 6.04 ERA in 63 games. The lefty went from closing games to often working low-leverage innings. But there’s too much talent and a track record for Garrett to be non-tendered. He should get a chance to prove himself again.

RP (third-year arbitration eligible)

Acquired ahead of the Trade Deadline from the Yankees, Cessa had a career-best 2.51 ERA in 2021 -- including a 2.05 ERA in 24 appearances with Cincinnati. The righty can shut down opponents in multiple innings, which makes him valuable for a staff.

RP Tony Santillan (under club control through 2027)

The starting pitcher prospect impressed everybody – especially in a bullpen role during the second half. He had a 1.14 ERA over his final 19 appearances and could come to camp to compete as either a starter or reliever.

RP (under club control through 2027)

Little known at the start of the season, Warren broke through in a big way for the Reds as he posted a 1.29 ERA in 26 appearances that sandwiched a stint on the injured list for an oblique injury. Warren should figure prominently in the 2022 bullpen if he can repeat this past season’s effort.

RP (signed through 2021)

Wilson has a $7.15 million club option that seems unlikely to be picked up and a $2.3 million player option. If he returns, he could be back as a middle-innings lefty.

RP (first-year arbitration eligible)

Acquired last offseason from the Rockies, Hoffman opened the season in the rotation but fell into bullpen work after being ineffective and walking too many hitters. He appears to be a non-tender candidate.

RP (under club control through 2027)

Ranked No. 27 in the organization by MLB Pipeline, Moreta had a 0.67 ERA in 24 games with Triple-A Louisville – including 24 2/3 scoreless innings following a promotion from Double-A. Moreta finished his season in the big leagues with four appearances and has a good chance to make the club out of camp next year.

RP (under club control through 2026)

The Reds love his left-handed velocity, but Pérez was prone to control issues and walks during his multiple stints. He could have a chance at competing for the bullpen again in 2022.

RP (under club control through 2027)

A relief prospect who debuted in 2021, Hendrix started out strong but did not fare well overall in his first big league opportunity. He went back to Triple-A and fared even worse. He will have another crack at making the team in camp next spring.