Childish response proves Mike Moustakas learned nothing from his failures with the Reds

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Moustakas finally has a home. The former Cincinnati Reds infielder signed a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies saw second baseman Brendan Rodgers go down with an injured shoulder and their budding star may miss the entire 2023 season after winning a Gold Glove last season.

The plan for Colorado now appears to be moving Ryan McMahon from the hot corner to the keystone. That opens up a spot at third base. While Moustakas is now in play, the Rockies already have better options at third base with Nolan Jones and Elehuris Montero.

But for some odd reason, the Rockies and Moustakas still believe he's an All-Star third baseman. When asked by reporters if he'd accept a minor league assignment to the Albuquerque Isotopes should he not make the Opening Day roster, Moustakas' response proved he learned nothing from his failures with the Reds.

Childish response proves Mike Moustakas learned nothing from his failures with the Reds.

Mike Moustakas had little humility at all when asked about a potential minor league assignment. According to's Thomas Harding, Moustakas' response when asked if he'd accept an assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque if he failed to make the 26-man roster was, "That's something we'll talk about if it happens."

Really? That's your response after you utterly failed in Cincinnati. Moustakas' time with the Reds certainly didn't teach him any humility. The 34-year-old spent nearly his entire tenure in Cincinnati overweight, out of shape, and on the injured list.

Mike Moustakas will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in the history of the Cincinnati Reds franchise. The Reds inked the former All-Star to a four-year/$64-million contract prior to the 2020 season.

Moustakas slashed a pathetic .216/.300/.383 during his time in Cincinnati. Look at that batting average again. Before landing in the Queen City, Moose slashed .252/.310/.442 with the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

Last July saw Mike Moustakas throw a tantrum on the field after being lifted for pinch-hitter Donovan Solano in the bottom of the ninth inning with a left-handed pitcher on the mound. That was the beginning of the end of his time with the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds cut ties with Moustakas this past offseason. The team released Moose with one year remaining on his contract that will pay him $18-million this season. Cincinnati is also on the hook for the $4-million team option. Good luck, Colorado. He's your problem now.

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