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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Nicky Lopez #1 of the Kansas City Royals turns a double play over the slide by Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning.
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 11: Nicky Lopez #1 of the Kansas City Royals turns a double play over the slide by Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

3. Travis Jankowski, Reds outfielder

I really don’t know how much I have to expound upon this, but Travis Jankowski has no business on the field for the Cincinnati Reds next season. To be quite honest, he had no business on the field for the Cincinnati Reds this season either. We’re talking about a player who has a lifetime batting average of .238. Need I say more?

While I think that in and of itself is enough to say sayonara to Mr. Jankowski, here are a few other reasons. He played in just 16 games and made just 16 at-bats, successfully snagging only one hit. Jankowski’s OPS in 2020 was -32. Do I need to keep going?

Jankowski was little more than a pinch runner, which will not be highly sought after in 2021. The 2020 season provided a few rule changes that benefited Travis Jankowski. Namely, starting extra innings with a runner on second base. However, the Reds only played two extra-inning games during the regular season.

Finally, the Cincinnati Reds outfield is overflowing with talent. All signs point to Nick Castellanos staying in Cincinnati next season, meaning the Reds will have five players vying for three spots. They don’t have need for a sixth outfielder on the 2021 roster. Goodbye, Travis Jankowski.

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The Reds made some solid roster additions last offseason with the additions with the signings of Nick Castellanos, Shogo Akiyama and Mike Moustakas. This offseason, Cincinnati’s front office might do better by removing a few players from the 40-man roster and adding players from within the organization.