The 2022 version of the Cincinnati Reds is vastly different than the one that fans saw put together a winning record last season. The front office gutted the Reds, trading big-name stars and hitching their wagon to a bevy of unproven prospects.
But not every well-known player who's no longer with the Redlegs is doing great. It seems like Eugenio Suárez has turned things around. That said, Geno leads the league in strikeouts as well. Some things never change.
Which players who were on last year's Reds roster are struggling with their new team? A few names might surprise you.
1. Former Reds outfielder Jesse Winker is struggling with the Mariners.
Nothing that Jesse Winker did in 2021 would indicate the struggles we've seen from him in 2022. Winker and Suárez were both dealt to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Justin Dunn, Jake Fraley, and two minor league pitchers. At the moment, it appears as though the Reds might actually come out on top.
Winker is hitting just .208/.319/.303 with four home runs and has a wRC+ of 90. According to FanGraphs, Winker is worth -0.3 fWAR. I've got to be honest, I'm shocked at those numbers.
Last season, Winker went to his very first All-Star Game. Though an intercostal injury shut him down for the final month of the season, Winker finished his 2021 campaign with 24 homers, 71 RBIs, and a wRC+ of 148.
Jesse Winker's salary for 2022 has yet to be determined, but it was assumed the left fielder would be making in the ballpark of $7M this season. Did the Reds actually fleece the Mariners in this deal? That seems to be a stretch, but Winker's struggles are severely handicapping Seattle this season.
Winker was thought to be a key piece in the Seattle Mariners' pursuit of the postseason in 2022. Instead, the M's are in fourth-place in the AL West and will have to leapfrog several teams to make a run at the Wild Card.