Tyler Glasnow's contract is very doable for the Reds
Some Reds fans will point to Tyler Glasnow's contract as a reason that Cincinnati should completely avoid doing a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. However, it's the exact opposite. While the number is high, the Cincinnati Reds certainly have the means to pay for Glasnow's services.
Glasnow signed a two-year deal with the Rays in 2022 that will pay the right-hander $25 million during the 2024 season. Glasnow would then become a free agent next offseason.
The Reds just got done shelling out $25 million to Joey Votto in 2023. Votto, who's now a free agent, hit just .202/.314/.433 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI. While Votto was on the road back from shoulder surgery, those aren't the numbers you expect from a player making $25 million.
The Cincinnati Reds also paid Mike Moustakas $22 million to go play baseball somewhere else. After designating Moustakas for assignment last winter, Cincinnati still owed the infielder's $18-million salary for the 2023 season and the $4-million buyout for 2024.
The Reds have virtually cleared the books for the 2024 season. The only player with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season are Hunter Green and Luke Maile. The Reds actually owe more to Votto ($7 million) than the combined salaries of Greene and Maile for 2024 ($6.3 million).
Yes, $25 million is a chunk of change. But if you look at the starting pitching market, to get a player of Tyler Glasnow's caliber, it's going to cost you. If Glasnow produces at the level he's capable of, it could be considered a steal for the Cincinnati Reds.