How are these former Reds players doing with their new teams in 2024?

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Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Kevin Newman
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The Cincinnati Reds roster underwent quite the makeover last season. A number of Reds players made their major league debuts, including the likes of Elly De La Cruz, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Matt McLain, and Andrew Abbott.

But with so much incoming talent, several players were essentially pushed out of job either late last season or over the winter. In addition to the young talent making their presence felt, the Reds also went looking for a number of upgrades in free agency. Cincinnati added players like Jeimer Candelario, Frankie Montas, and Brent Suter.

But Reds fans are nothing if not nostalgic. It's always nice to check on some former Reds players, and see how they're faring with their new ball club. Some players are enjoying success, while others are off to a rocky start.

How are these former Reds players doing with their new teams in 2024?

Nick Senzel, Nationals 3B

Senzel was unable to be on the field when the Washington Nationals opened the season in Cincinnati. The former first-round pick (shockingly, but not really) suffered a pregame injury prior to Opening Day and was placed on the injured list.

But, Senzel has since returned from the IL and is back with the Nats in our nation's capital. Senzel is struggling a bit at the plate, but that's to be expected after losing about a month's worth of at-bats. The biggest difference for Senzel is the fact that he's playing exclusively at third base for the Nationals; something he rarely ever got the chance to do in Cincinnati.

Ben Lively, Guardians RHP

This felt like the one who got away, right? Lively seemed to be well liked by his teammates and coaches, and while he may not be considered a frontline starter, you knew you were going to get Lively's best effort each time he stepped onto the rubber.

Lively landed with the Cleveland Guardians and has seen two starts this season. Lively is scheduled to get the ball on Sunday and will be looking to build of his red-hot start that's seen him post a 2.38 ERA with 14 punch outs in 11.1 innings pitched.

Kevin Newman, Diamondbacks SS

Hello, Newman! While the Reds parted company with Newman midway through last season, the infielder did spend most of his 2023 campaign in Cincinnati. Newman was effective against left-handed pitching, but almost unplayable against right-handers.

Newman had originally signed a minor-league pact with the D-backs, but after Geraldo Perdomo went down, Newman got the call. Newman's slick fielding has been on display in the desert, as the 30-year-old has been playing up the middle of the Arizona infield and has yet to commit an error.

Harrison Bader, Mets OF

The Bader experience may have made Reds fans dislike the former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder even more. During his brief tenure in Cincinnati, Bader continued to display the elite-level defense that he's capable of, but his bat was an utter disappointment. Bader was a late-season pickup who eventually landed on the IL after hitting .161 in 14 games.

Bader (somehow) finagled a $10 million offer from the New York Mets this winter and has been flashing the leather in Queens. Bader's bat has been better in New York than it was in Cincinnati, ans the speedster has five stolen bases on the season. Bader will be looking for his second Gold Glove Award this season.

Luke Weaver, Yankees RHP

Admit it, you thought Weaver was playing ball at the rec center, didn't you? In all seriousness, the right-hander is right at home in the Bronx and is pitching out of the New York Yankees bullpen. Weaver has done a great job of keeping his walks in check, something that he wasn't able to do in Cincinnati.

Weaver has a very respectable 0.766 WHIP. And while Weaver can't be called a strikeout artist, his 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is rather impressive after his horrid 2023 campaign. It would appear as though the relief role fits Weaver much better.

Derek Law, Nationals RHP

The Reds decided to non-tender Law for the second year in a row, but this time, Cincinnati had no intention of bring the right-hander back. Law followed both Senzel and another former Reds player, Jesse Winker, to DC and is now pitching out of the Nats bullpen.

Law was always a serviceable pitcher with the Reds, but president of baseball operations Nick Krall wanted to upgrade the bullpen this offseason. Law was deemed expendable, but he's finding some success in Washington. Law owns a 3.86 ERA in 12 appearances and has helped keep the Nationals in games this season.

Several other former Reds are with new ball clubs this season as well. Luis Cessa (Kansas City Royals), TJ Hopkins (Detroit Tigers), Daniel Duarte (Minnesota Twins), Levi Stoudt (Seattle Mariners), and Ricky Karcher (Arizona Diamondbacks) are all part of other organizations.

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