2 former Reds players who are struggling elsewhere and 1 who's found tremendous success

Colorado Rockies infielder Mike Moustakas
Colorado Rockies infielder Mike Moustakas / Dustin Bradford/GettyImages
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Former Reds player Mike Moustakas is struggling so far in 2023.

Whether is was age, injuries, or something else, it just never worked out for Mike Moustakas during his time with the Cincinnati Reds. The team decided to part ways with Moose this past offseason depsite the fact it was going to cost them a pretty penny.

The Reds designated Moustakas for assignment this winter which paved the way for Spencer Steer to become the team's everyday starting third baseman. It also cost the Redlegs $22-million. Moustakas was owed $18-million this season and has a $4-million buyout for next season.

Moustakas took his time this offseason, but eventually found a home in the Mile High City and signed a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies. Moose played well during Cactus League play and was added to the Rockies Opening Day roster.

But his success from spring training has yet to carry over to the regular season. Moustakas is hitting just .182 and has nearly a 30-percent strikeout-rate. On the plus side, four of Moustakas' five hits have gone for extra bases.

It was painfully obvious after the 2022 season that the union between the Cincinnati Reds and Mike Moustakas needed to end. It was a costly move, but the Reds were going to be on the hook for that number no matter what.