Cincinnati Reds: 3 players who won’t be back in 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Robert Stephenson #55 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Robert Stephenson #55 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds slides headfirst into third base.
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 12: Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds slides headfirst into third base. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Reds need to upgrade some areas this offseason.

There’s an old saying that goes something along the lines of, “addition by subtraction.” Essentially, the suggestion is that a team, business or organization will improve by removing something or someone from it. The Cincinnati Reds will return the majority of their 2020 roster next season, but these three players should not be part of the equation.

We all know that Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani and Freddy Galvis are free agents heading into the winter. Of the three, Bauer may be the most likely to return, but it’s going to cost a lot to keep the right-hander in Cincinnati. Both DeSclafani and Galvis look to be headed elsewhere once free agency opens up.

However, aside from those three players, the Reds may need to unload a few others in order to improve the team’s roster heading into next year. After all, Cincinnati finished dead-last in Major League Baseball in batting average, and the team’s defense left a lot to the imagination. Surely, the front office will be looking to add some more pieces before the start of 2021.

But any addition to the 40-man roster requires a corresponding move. We saw several players yo-yo between Great American Ball Park and Prasco Park last season in an effort to get the best 28 players on the field. While it’s never easy to move on from certain players, it’s time for the Cincinnati Reds to dismiss the following three players before Opening Day of 2021.