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3 Reds players who survived the trade deadline but won't be back in 2023

Cincinnati Reds designated hitter Donovan Solano (7).
Cincinnati Reds designated hitter Donovan Solano (7). / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds made a lot of deals before the August 2nd trade deadline. Brandon Drury, Tommy Pham, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Tyler Naquin are all playing for different teams at this point in the season.

But Cincinnati's front office also hung on to a few players that some fans believed were headed elsewhere. Seeing as how the Reds are looking to get younger and more athletic, it's a bit puzzling to see a handful of veterans still on the roster.

But that may not be the case when the 2023 season begins. Which three Cincinnati Reds players that survived the trade deadline will not return next season?

1. Reds DH Mike Moustakas may not return next season.

This will be a painful move for the Cincinnati Reds ownership group to make, but it must be done. There's no way that Cincinnati can bring back Mike Moustakas in 2023 despite the fact that the club will be on the hook for the $22M remaining on his contract.

Moose was signed to a four-year/$64M contract prior to the 2020 season. Since that time, Moustakas has appeared in just 184 games and hit .216/.300/.383 with only 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. Kyle Farmer has 28 home runs and 74 RBIs over the last three seasons and has received a little over $4M during that time.

The Reds have been trying to trade Mike Moustakas for the better part of a year, but have had no takers. That's not surprising seeing the lack of production coupled with the gargantuan contract. But it's hard to see the Cincinnati Reds keeping Moose on the roster heading into next spring.

The Reds released Shogo Akiyama prior to the 2022 season, affectively paying the Japanese outfielder $8M this season to go play elsewhere. It'll cost the team nearly triple that in order to wave goodbye to Mike Moustakas, but it's a move the Cincinnati front office must make.