While he wouldn't get into specifics, Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday that the team has had "some conversations" about contract extensions with some of the team's young core.
The Reds signed starting pitcher Hunter Greene to a contract extensions this past spring. Greene inked a six-year/$53-million deal to remain in Cincinati past his arbitration window.
There were whispers after Greene signed that extension that both Graham Ashcraft and Nick Lodolo were possibilities to sign a long-term contract as well, but nothing has been agreed to quite yet.
Nick Krall: Reds have had "some conversations" about potential contract extensions
Nick Krall is one who keeps things pretty close to the vest, so the Cincinnati Reds' top executive failed to give out anymore information. But fans are sure to specualte about who might be in line to receive a contract extension this winter.
While Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson were both on the shortlist following the 2022 season, neither one really produced up to the level that would warrant a contract extension this offseason.
Instead, the young crop of rookies may have piqued the interest of the Reds' front office. Young players like Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, Christian Encaracion-Strand, and Andrew Abbott are all possibilities to negotiate long-term extensions this offseason.
Don't sleep on the potential of Noelvi Marte or Connor Phillips being part of those conversations as well. Marte is just 21 years old and Phillips is only 22. Those two could be in line for a long-term deal as well.
There's also the possibility that nothing materializes this offseason, as there's no rush for the Cincinnati Reds to commit to anything long-term at this point. Most of these young players are under team-control for the next four, five, and even six seasons.