The Cincinnati Reds have only player under contract heading into next season. After Hunter Greene signed a six-year contract extension last month, the right-hander is the only player on the roster guaranteed to back with the club in 2024.
Of course there are others who will be tendered contracts prior to next season. In fact, the majority of players on the Reds roster are under team control for the next several seasons.
When it comes to contract extensions, names like Jonathan India and Nick Lodolo will almost certainly emerge. But there are also some under-the-radar players who should be considered as well. Let's look at three Reds players who could in line for a possible contract extension.
1. The Reds should consider offering Jake Fraley a contract extension.
Jake Fraley was part of the return last spring when the Cincinnati Reds dealt Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to the Seattle Mariners. Fraley suffered through some lower body injuries last season, but has looked very good through the first month-plus of 2023.
Fraley is up for arbitration this offseason and does not become a free agent until after the 2026 season, so there's no rush on the part of the Reds front office to get a deal done with the Pennsylvania native.
The harsh reality is, however, that the Reds outfield depth in the minor leagues is incredibly thin. There may be some position changes coming in the near future, but at the moment, the left-handed hitting duo of Fraley and TJ Friedl are the club's best options.
Inking Jake Fraley to a contract extension would not cost the Reds an arm and a leg. The soon-to-be 28-year-old has a good eye at the plate and absolutely crushes right-handed pitching. Over the last three seasons, Fraley has an on-base percentage of .347 and has slugged .437 off right-handed hurlers throughout his career.
The downside, of course, is Fraley's inability to hit against southpaws. But is a true inability or lack of opportunity. Fraley has a similar makeup to former Reds outfielder Jesse Winker. But Fraley is faster and a much better fielder. Signing Fraley to a contract extension may be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.