The good folks over MLB Trade Rumors released their latest projections for this year's arbitration salaries. It's important to note that this is an inexact science, but the projections usually line up pretty well with the actual arbitration figure.
It'll be the first time through the process for at least three of the Cincinnati Reds players. This is Year 1 of arbitration eligiblity for Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Jake Fraley. It would appear as though Vladimir Gutierrez is eligible for Super Two status and may be in line for a raise as well.
Next month, however, the Reds will have to make a few difficult decisions when it comes to some of their players who are up for arbitration. Are there a handful of players who've priced themselves out of a job? Are there any bargains among this year's crop of arbitration eilgible players? Let's find out.
Derek Law has priced himself out of the Reds plans for 2024
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Derek Law is projected to make $1.7-million in 2024. Now that's not a huge figure at all, and considering that the right-hander was one of the most reliable relievers, it wouldn't be shocking to see Law return in 2024.
However, the same thing happened last offseason. Law pitched well enough to stick around, but before the non-tender deadline, the veteran was handed his walking papers. I'd argue that he had a better season in 2023, but it's not as if the Reds roster is devoid of middle relief talent that could fill Law's shoes.
Any one of Casey Legumina, Levi Stoudt, or Lyon Richardson could probably give Cincinnati similar production for the league minimum next season. Moreover, those three pitchers all have minor league optoins remaining. Unfortunately for Law, he does not.
Derek Law is a solid, veteran pitcher, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cincinnati Reds re-sign the 33-year-old to a minor-league contract during the winter. However, the former ninth-round draft pick may well be able to secure a major league contract with another club during the offseason.