With the tender deadline having gone and passed without any news of Redlegs, the transaction wire was the only reliable place to look. According to that list, the Reds only non-tendered OF Derrick Robinson, and also, OF Xavier Paul.
Having started out as a highly touted prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Paul was always known for his apt ability to hit a fastball. Even last season, Dusty Baker said that Paul could “hit a ball shot out of a bazooka.” He joined the Reds in the middle of the 2012 campaign after asking to be released from his contract in Washington. Upon arriving with the Reds, he made an immediate impact, having clutch late game hits and even the Reds first Grand Slam this season.
When Ryan Ludwick went down on Opening Day last year, the doors were opened for both Chris Heisey and Paul to make a lasting impression. Unfortunately for both, neither stuck out from the pack, and the Reds resorted to other options, such as Donald Lutz and Derrick Robinson. Towards the end of the season, playing time was scarce for Paul and it seemed unlikely the Reds would be bringing him back due to the organizational depth and good health of Ryan Ludwick.
While there’s always an outside possibility that Paul may re-sign through free agency, there’s a very good chance we’ve all seen Xavier Paul play his last game as a Cincinnati Red.