The Cincinnati Reds decided that it was finally time to part ways with Luke Weaver. With Hunter Greene ready to return later this week, Weaver was designated for assignment on Wednesday.
Weaver was the lone starting pitcher the Reds signed to a major-league deal during the offseason. Cincinnati inked Weaver to a one-year/$2-million contract.
While Cincinnati weren't big spenders during the offseason, the club did sign a few free agents. However, only one player who was signed a major-league deal this winter is still on the Reds active roster.
Luke Maile is the only free agent signee still on the Reds active roster.
Luke Weaver is gone. Wil Myers is gone. Curt Casali is on the injured list. The only major-league free agent signee remaining on the Cincinnati Reds active roster is Luke Maile. The Reds signed Maile to one-year deal at the end of last November.
Maile has unquestionably been the Reds most productive free agent signing from this past offseason. The University of Kentucky product has emerged as team-leader and helped bring along some of Cincinnati's talented, young pitchers.
Luke Maile has even produced at the dish as well. Known more for his arm strength and defense, Maile has posted a .733 OPS on the season and has career-high five home runs. Since Casali landed on the IL (July 21st), Maile is slashing .273/.351/.806.
Maile will be a free agent after this season, and with Tyler Stephenson's subpar 2023 campaign, the Reds cannot afford to let the 32-year-old backstop leave during the offseason.
While the Cincinnati Reds maintain a mutual-option with fellow catcher Curt Casali, and certainly have other holes to fill, re-signing Luke Maile should be priority No. 1 as soon as World Series ends. Being from the area, you'd have assume that if received a fair offer, Maile would return to the Reds in 2024.