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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Cincinnati Reds closing pitcher Amir Garrett (50) releases a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds closing pitcher Amir Garrett (50) releases a pitch. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

2. Amir Garrett, Reds pitcher

Amir Garrett was completely unreliable in 2021. After putting up terrific numbers in 2019 and 2020, Reds skipper David Bell could no longer count on AG.

Garrett was worth -0.1 fWAR in 2021, and yet, the left-hander will receive a raise heading into the 2022 season. Sorry folks, that's just how the arbitration system works.

MLB Trade Rumors estimates that Garrett is expected to take home $2.2M next season; his second run through the arbitration process.

Garrett's ERA ballooned from 2.45 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season to 6.04 in 2021.

That's AG's highest ERA since being moved to the bullpen in 2018.

From 2019-2020, over the course of 90 games, Amir Garrett posted 3.03 ERA, 4.19 FIP, and 12.59 K/9.

Garrett's strikeouts took a hit, but his 28.4% strikeout-rate in 2021 is still very respectable.

The southpaw has the stuff to get left-handed hitters to chase, but with the three batter minimum now in place, AG is woeful against right-handed bats.

Right-handed hitters lit up Garrett to the tune of an .882 OPS in 2021. Those same right-handed bats posted an OPS of .806 against AG in 2020.

The Cincinnati Reds lack of left-handed relievers will likely see AG stay in the Queen City and avoid being non-tendered by today's deadline.