4 former Reds players we'll be glad are gone, and 1 we'll wish stayed

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino
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When you think about the 2022 Cincinnati Reds, not many positive thoughts come to mind. The team lost 100 games and the front office traded away so many beloved and talented players.

Things unraveled barely a week after the lockout was over. After the owners and players had finished quarreling about money, the Reds began to tear it down. Sonny Gray, Eugenio Suarez, Amri Garrett, and Jesse Winker were all traded before the 2022 season even began.

That set the tone for what would be a summer of misery for Reds Country. While it may be hard to reminisce, let's look back at four player who we're all glad are gone. But, there's surely one player Reds fans miss, right?

Reds fans are glad that former LHP Mike Minor is gone.

You already forgot, didn't you? Thoughts of Mike Minor don't really invoke a lot of happy thought from the Cincinnati faithful. Minor was brought to the Queen City via trade. Reds general manager Nick Krall sent left-handed reliever Amir Garrett to Kansas City in exchange for Minor and his $10-million salary.

The trade itself was just bizarre, but the results were even worse that Reds fans could have imagined. Minor started 19 games and went 4-12 with a 6.06 ERA while logging just 98 innings. Minor began the season on the 60-day IL and was shutdown before the season ended.

Minor was little more than a stopgap to help eat some innings while the young group of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft learned the ropes. But Minor routinely was pummeled by the opposition.

There's few if any fans who were clamoring for Mike Minor to be re-signe after the season. The Cincinnati Reds did not pick up Minor's team-option and paid the southpaw $500K to go pitch elsewhere. Minor is currently a free agent, and it's a good bet that he'll stay that way.