Fans may well have witnessed Joey Votto's final game as a member of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday after the former MVP was ejected after the first inning in St. Louis. Votto is in the final guaranteed year of the 10-year contract extension he signed back in 2012.
But Votto might not be the only significant player who won't be back on the Cincinnati Reds roster in 2024. Believe it or not, there are a number of players who may not be wearing a wishbone "C" on their ball caps on Opening Day next season.
The Reds will have some interesting decisions to make during the offseason. Some will be much easier than others. Which five players, not named Joey Votto, might not be back next season.
1. Reds pitcher Connor Overton might not be back in 2024.
With so much young talent coming up through the pitching ranks, it's difficult to see the Cincinnati Reds hanging onto Connor Overton. This is especially true considering that the 30-year-old will be attempting to return from Tommy John surgery. Overton won't even be back on to the mound until next spring.
Overton was a feel good story in 2022 after bursting onto the scene as a 29-year-old rookie. But the right-hander was only able to muster four start before hitting the IL with a back injury that would keep him out of action until the final couple weeks of the season.
Overton beat out several young pitchers during spring training for a spot in the starting rotation, including the likes of Levi Stoudt and Brandon Williamson.
But Overton quickly showed that he wasn't up to the task of taking the ball every fifth day. Overton made three starts and posted an ERA of 11.45 while walking nearly 13-percent of the batters he faced.
The Cincinnati Reds are going to need Connor Overton's roster spot this offseason; whether it's used to add a top prospect or free agent, who knows? But the Reds are unlikely to keep Overton on the 40-man roster. Cincinnati could non-tender Overton this offseason and re-sign him on the minor league deal.