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

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Reds fans are glad former 3B/ DH Mike Moustakas is gone.

There might not be a player that Reds fans were more frustrated with over the past few seasons than Mike Moustakas. The Cincinnati Reds inked the former All-Star to a four-year contract worth $64-million. If the club had it to do over again, they wouldn't have signed him $6.4-million.

Moustakas was a constant disappointment. He was either hurt or unproductive. Last season was a combination of both. Moose appeared in just 78 games while hitting .214/.295/.345. Moustakas landed on the IL six different times in 2022.

The Reds made the wise, albeit expensive decision to let Moustakas walk this past winter. In a move that cost the club $22-million, Cincinnati decided to designate Moose for assignment. The 34-year-old eventually signed with the Colorado Rockies.

Much of Moustakas' career in Cincinnati was marred by lower body injuries. During his three season in the Queen City, Moose played in a grand total of 184 games. Prior to his three years with the Reds, only once in his career did Moustakas play fewer than 130 games in a season.

Mike Moustakas' time in Cincinnati had to come to an end. Had the Reds made the wrong choice and kept Moustakas around due to his massive salary, players like Jason Vosler, Spencer Steer, and even Jake Fraley would be riding the bench in favor of the high-priced veteran. Reds fans will be glad Moose is playing elsewhere in 2023.