The Cincinnati Reds made it official on Wednesday morning, and Hunter Greene signed his six-year/$53-million contract extension. The deal will run through the 2028 season with a $21-million team-option for 2029.
This was a step in the right direction for an organization that is squarely in the middle of the rebuild. But this may not be the last press conference that the Reds host during the 2023 season.
According to Nick Lodolo himself, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, he and the club have "had talks". For all those Reds fans who wanted to see Lodolo sign before Greene, you may still get the final result you were seeking.
Reds have reportedly had contract extension talks with Nick Lodolo.
One can argue that Nick Lodolo has been the best of the Cincinnati Reds three young pitchers. Despite getting roughed up by an extremely talented and red-hot Tampa Bay Rays lineup on Tuesday night, Lodolo has a sub-4.00 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 125 innings of work.
Lodolo is a smooth operator on the mound, relying on his sweeping breaking ball and pinpoint accuracy. Lodolo has a three-pitch mix that includes a four-seam fastball, curveball, and changeup. He's also been mixing in a sinker on occasion this season.
Lodolo, much like Greene before his contract extension, is under team control through the 2027 season. But inking Greene to a six-year deal with a team-option, the Reds bought out the right-hander's arbitration years, plus one year of free agency. If the club picks up the option, that number goes to two.
You'd assume that the Cincinnati Reds would be looking for a similar deal if they chose to sign Nick Lodolo to a contract extension. Lodolo is slightly older, having just turned 25 years old earlier this year.
With Hunter Greene in the fold for the next several years, it's time for the Reds to do the same with the likes of Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, and others. These latest rumblings would lead you to believe that the organization is prioritizing pitching as the rebuild moves forward.