2. Reds RHP Derek Law should be non-tendered
This selection isn't as cut and dry as some might think, and there are probably some within the Cincinnati Reds fanbase who'd like to see Derek Law return to the team in 2024. But, the Reds may not have space for Law on the 40-man roster.
If you take a peek at the Cincinnati relief corps, right away, there are five pitchers who are all but assured to be back next season. Luacs Sims, Alexis Diaz, Sam Moll, Ian Gibaut and Fernando Cruz are all locks to return in 2024.
If, as most Reds fans are assuming, the front office is looking to upgrade the bullpen, some players will not be retained. Law is on that list, as is left-handed reliever Alex Young. However, Young has a minor league option remaining, which may bode well for the southpaw.
That's where Law's status gets shaky. The right-hander is out of minor league options and will be owed a raise through the arbitration process. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Law could expect to make somewhere around $1.4-million next season through arbitration.
That's hardly much of a commitment for a reliever like Derek Law, but with pitchers like Carson Spiers, Lyon Richardson, and Casey Legumina all have minor league options remaining and will cost the league minimum. It's hard to justify keeping Law on the 40-man roster during the offseason.