After a flurry of trades and free agent signings over the past week, our 2022 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster predictions are going to look a lot different this go-around. The Reds said goodbye to some regulars from last year's roster and Nick Castellanos finalized a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, effectively ending any hope Reds Country had of last year's All-Star returning.
Speaking of All-Stars, Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, and Sonny Gray will not be part of the 2022 Reds Opening Day roster. Gray was dealt to the Minnesota Twins, Geno and Winker are now part of the Seattle Mariners organization, and left-handed reliever is now in Kansas City.
What will the 2022 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster look like?
The rebuild has all but begun. While Reds GM Nick Krall might disagree with that assertion, the writing is on the wall. The Reds front office attached All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker to Eugenio Suárez's contract in order to shed Geno's $35M payday.
In an odd turn of events, Cincinnati dealt Amir Garrett to the Kansas City Royals. Moving on from AG wasn't the issue. The problem is that, in return, the Redlegs received left-handed starter Mike Minor and his $10M salary. While the Royals chipped in $500K to cover half of Minor's $1M buyout for the 2023 season, Reds fans are wondering why Wade Miley (who was owed $10M in 2022) was let go.
The Reds did make some additions during the week as well, signing Donovan Solano to a one-year/$4.5M deal, inking Colin Moran to a one-year contract worth $1M, and agreeing to terms on a minor league contract with right-hander Buck Farmer.
The Cincinnati Reds roster still feels incomplete, and rumors of a possible reunion with former pitcher Johnny Cueto only complicate matters. But, as things stand right now, let's try to make sense of it and project what the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster will look like.