3 players Reds fans can't trust heading into the 2022 season

Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas looks on.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas looks on. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Sadly, not every player on the Cincinnati Reds roster has the best track record. Whether it's poor performance, a history of injuries, or some other stigma attached to their record, Reds fans are unable to put their trust in a handful of players.

Now, the hope is, that said players overcome their deficiencies, rise above the noise, and play up to their potential. After hitting just .225 in 2020, we saw Nick Castellanos enter the MVP conversation last season, go to his first All-Star Game, and land a five-year/$100M contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Who are some Reds players you just can't trust heading into 2022?

On the flip side, we saw Amir Garrett enter last spring with a chip on his shoulder and the promise of being Cincinnati's closer. Unfortunately, AG followed up a brilliant 2020 season with a horrific campaign in 2021.

So, while the Cincinnati fanbase would love to see some of their favorite players have success in 2022, their track record may prevent Reds Country from getting their hopes up. Who are three players on the Cincinnati Reds roster that fans just can't trust heading into the regular season?

1. Mike Moustakas, Reds infielder

Mike Moustakas signed a four-year/$64M contract prior to the 2020 season, the former Kansas City Royals third baseman looked to be a fantastic addition to the Cincinnati Reds lineup. But Moose's production on the field has yet to live up to that massive contract, and after a season in which he appeared in just 62 games, the fan's trust is waning.

For starters, Moustakas needs to stay healthy in 2022 if he has any hope of rebounding following two sub-par seasons. Over the last two years, Moustakas has hit .217/.304/.413. Now, Moose has never been a high on-base guy, but a batting average below .250 is unacceptable.

The power is also lacking, During his first full eight seasons in the majors, Moustakas owned a .448 slugging percentage and averaged 26 doubles and 22 round trippers each year. Since joining the Reds, Moustakas has a .413 slugging percentage and has averaged 10 doubles and seven home runs.

The bottom line is, Mike Moustakas needs to be an everyday contributor to the Cincinnati Reds lineup. I'd prefer to see Moose in the DH role on a regular basis, as Donovan Solano or Kyle Farmer can provide much better defense at the hot corner. If Moustakas is healthy, perhaps he'll regain the trust of the Cincinnati faithful.