3 Reds players whose career in Cincinnati may be over after 2023
By Drew Koch
The 2023 season will focus on a lot of the Cincinnati Reds young talent. But, the Reds still have a few veterans on the squad as well.
But for a couple of players who've been part of the organization for sometime, this may be the end of the road. Whether it's an expiring contract, lack of performance, or a history of injury, there are some players who may be in the home team's dugout at Great American Ball Park for the last time in 2023.
Cincinnati waved goodbye to Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, Amir Garrett, Luis Castillo, and Sonny Gray last season. Which three Reds players may be spending their final year in a Cincinnati uniform during the upcoming season?
1. Jose Barrero may be entering his final year in a Reds uniform.
It may be a bit premature to call the 2023 season a make-or-break year for Jose Barrero. After all, he won't even turn 25 years old until after Opening Day. And, given the Cincinnati Reds track record, it's hard to see the team parting ways with such a highly-touted talent.
But Barrero has done nothing to help his cause of late. The Reds shortstop did not take advantage of the opportunity he was given last summer, and the Reds showed their lack of confidence this offseason by trading for Kevin Newman.
Barrero looked lost at the plate in 2022. The infielder made adjustments over the offseason with new hitting coach Joel McKeithan, so that will be something to watch over the course of spring training and throughout the first-part of the 2023 season.
The Reds had pinned a lot on the shoulders of Jose Barrero, but perhaps their hopes were misplaced. Barrero also has the unfortunate scenario of top prospects Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain, both of whom are shortstops by trade, knocking on the door of the big leagues. There is reason to believe that this could be Barrero's last season in Cincinnati.