3 players the Reds should non-tender but won't

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) celebrates.
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) celebrates. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Major League Baseball's non-tender deadline is Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Cincinnati Reds have some interesting decisions to make over the next few hours.

If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent. Not every non-tender decision is related to a player's salary, but most are.

The Reds roster currently sits at 39 players, and with Cincinnati being rather inactive in the free agent market, the team has little need to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Still, there are a handful of players the Reds could non-tender by today's deadline. But will they?

Let's look at three players the Cincinnati Reds should non-tender but won't.

1. Aristides Aquino, Reds outfielder

More than likely, Nick Castellanos will not be suiting up for the Cincinnati Reds in 2022.

The Reds starting right fielder the past two seasons is currently a free agent and there have been few if any rumblings about a return to the Queen City.

Sadly, that leaves Aristides Aquino as Cincinnati's most likely 2022 Opening Day starter in right field.

Tyler Naquin is another in-house possibility, but the left-handed hitting outfielder is more likely to be used as a rotational outfielder and platooned in both center and right field.

Allan Cerda was recently added to the Reds 40-man roster, but having not played above A-Ball, don't expect the power-hitting prospect to be part of the Cincinnati's Opening Day roster.

While Aquino did see an increase in his walk-rate last season, the 27-year-old posted a 36.8% strikeout-rate and a wRC+ of just 83.

Aquino had an incredible run with the Cincinnati Reds during August of 2019, but since then has been little more than free-swinging pinch hitter.

Aquino is still a pre-arbitration eligible player, so letting The Punisher enter free agency would not save the team any money.

Aristides Aquino has unbelievable power from the right side, but consistency has alluded him.

It's time for the Reds and The Punisher to part ways, but I still think Aquino will be part of the ball club after Tuesday's deadline.