3 Reds players we'll be glad are gone in 2024 and 2 we wish stayed

The Reds might miss some of these players more than you think.

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Though it may sting, the Reds were right to bid farewell to Joey Votto

Joey Votto is one of the greatest players in Cincinnati Reds history. Though he's been rather polarizing over the past few seasons, having fallen short of the expectations that come with such a huge contract, Votto will be recognized among the all-time greats in Reds history.

That being said, a farewell tour is not a reason to bring Votto back to Cincinnati. Quite frankly, his final game in front of the home fans at Great American Ball Park couldn't have been any better.

But Votto has no place on the Reds roster as currently constructed. Even Jonathan India is having a hard time fitting in. Votto's performance, whether due to injury or age, has declined over the past couple of seasons. He certainly wasn't worth the $20 million team-option, and if Votto's truly seeking an everyday opportunity, he wasn't going to find it in Cincinnati.

For all those preaching the need for Votto's mentorship and veteran leadership; at some point, all good things come to an end. The Reds brought in several veterans this offseason, and players like India and Tyler Stephenson are well equipped to become the next wave of clubhouse leaders.

It's going to sting a bit when Opening Day comes around and No. 19 isn't on the field. But Joey Votto's best days are behind him, and the Cincinnati Reds best days are on the horizon. The Reds made the correct decision in letting Votto, and the team will be better in 2024 for having done so.

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