What the Cincinnati Reds 2022 roster looks like entering ’20-21 offseason

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in his first Major League at bat. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in his first Major League at bat. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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General manager Nick Krall speaks after David Bell was introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds.
CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 22: General manager Nick Krall speaks after David Bell was introduced as the new manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Wrapping up the Cincinnati Reds 2022 roster projections

Well, what do you think Reds Country? I know, it’s hard sometimes to look that far into the future. Heck, sometimes it’s hard just to look ahead to tomorrow, let alone 2022. However, as I mentioned earlier, Nick Krall needs to have a mind for both the present and the future.

I firmly believe, as we sit here right now, that the idea of re-signing Trevor Bauer is a pipe dream. The Reds got Bauer when they did for one reason, and one reason only; to compete in 2020. The pandemic-shortened season and lack of offense contributed to last season’s failures, so Krall and the rest of Cincinnati’s front office must now focus on 2021 and beyond.

The 2022 Cincinnati Reds roster is shaping up to be a good one. I feel very confident with the team’s pitching depth and expect the starting rotation to be the Reds strength in both 2021 and 2022. Will the offense get better? If so, how?

I can’t see a major upgrade to shortstop with the front office putting emphasis on José García’s growth and Tyler Stephenson is one of the most exciting young players Cincinnati has. As the career of Joey Votto winds down entering the 2022 season, perhaps the career of Stephenson will be on the rise.

Nick Senzel is another player the Reds must get contributions from in 2021 and beyond. As mentioned earlier, his trade value cannot be very high right now, so he’s likely part of Cincinnati’s future. The team’s success or failure could hinge greatly on his ability to be on the field. When he’s right, Senzel is a difference maker. However, he’s spent considerable time on the IL the past two seasons.

There’s sure to be some veteran arms added to the bullpen this season, but the maturation of Amir Garrett is another story to following next year and into 2022. Can he be as dominant against right-handed hitters as he is against lefties? If so, Garrett can be one of the best relievers in the game.

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Finally, one of the biggest questions entering the 2022 season may be who the manager is. I have to think that David Bell, who’s got two more years on his contract, must field a competitive team next season if he hopes to stick around beyond 2021. A playoff run next season feels like a must in order for Bell to remain the skipper in 2022.