What is Nick Martini's future with the Reds?

Nick Martini has come up with some clutch hits for the Reds during his brief tenure with the team.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Martini
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Martini / Chris Coduto/GettyImages

Nick Martini has only been with the Cincinnati Reds since August 22nd. But the former Chicago Cubs outfielder has already made a huge impact and helped keep the Reds in the playoff chase for that final Wild Card spot in the National League.

On Tuesday night, it was Martini's game-tying, pinch-hit, three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning that helped propel the Reds to a 7-6 walk-off victory over the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners.

But what does the future hold for Nick Martini? Is he just a flash in the pan that will soon be forgotten once the Cincinnati Reds return to full-strength or does the 33-year-old have a future with these young, upstart Redlegs?

What is Nick Martini's future with the Reds?

Nick Martini signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason and spent all season at Triple-A Louisville until his contract was selected late last month. In 93 games with the Louisville Bats, Martini hit .275/.393/.481 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI.

But is there really room for Martini on the Reds roster heading into the offseason? Sure! While Martini would only add to the excess of left-handed hitting outfielders on the Reds 40-man roster, his ability to play first base as well can't go unnoticed.

Though he's played just one game at first base since joining the Reds, he started 15 games there during his minor league stint without an error. With Joey Votto's status next season up in the air, having a left-handed hitting first baseman on the offseason roster would be of great benefit.

Martini is still pre-arbitration eligible, meaning that he'd cost next to nothing next season. Having a veteran presence in the clubhouse that everyone seemingly loves could be invaluable with such a young team heading into the 2024 season.

It would be an exceedingly low-risk move for the Cincinnati Reds to hang on to Nick Martini heading into the offseason. At the very least, the Reds should attempt to bring back the veteran on a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.