Major League Baseball players who have more than three years of service time, but less than six, are eligible for salary arbitration. Players who have less than three years of service time, but more than two, can sometimes qualify for Super Two status.
The process, while advantageous for the player, can sometimes become contentious. There are disagreements that can cause some bad blodd between a player and organization, but more times than not, the two sides are able to come to an agreement without getting an arbiter involved.
Heading into the 2024 season, the Cincinnati Reds have just one player under contract - starting pitcher Hunter Greene. So which Reds players will be due a bump in salary heading into 2024?
Which Reds players are eligible for arbitration in 2024?
A total of 10 Cincinnati Reds players will be eligible for arbitration this offseason. Four of those players will be going through the process for the first time.
With only $3-million committed to Hunter Greene for next season, payroll won't be a problem for the Reds in 2024. The team will owe Joey Votto $7-million for a buyout, and Curt Casali has a small buyout on his mutual-option as well.
Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson are eligble for arbitration in 2024
For the first time, Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson will be eligible for arbitration. With Scott Boras as India's agent, you never know how this process will play out. There's also the possiblity that India could be traded this offseason.
Stephenson showed flashes of that player he was back in 2021, but the Reds' catcher struggled to match those lofty expectations that come with being a former first-round draft pick. Both Vladimir Gutierrez and Jake Fraley will be arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason as well.
These Reds relievers will be looking for a raise too
When you take a peak at those members of the Cincinnati Reds who are Year 2 arbitration eligible, there are four relievers on that list. Alex Young, Derek Law, Tejay Antone, and Justin Dunn.
Young and Law both had successful, yet unspectacular, 2023 campaigns. Young may stick around becasue he's a left-hander, but Law could be non-tendered this offseason. Antone missed the majortiy of the 2024 season, and Dunn never stepped onto the mound.
Nick Senzel is eligible for arbitration once again
Nick Senzel is in Year 3 of the arbitration process, but the former No. 2 overall has a year of eligibility beyond 2024. Senzel was Super Two eligible after the 2021 season. The University of Tennessee product could very well be non-tendered or traded during the offseason.
Cincinnati Reds reliever Lucas Sims will be eligible for arbitration one last time this winter. Sims could be a candidate to receive a contract extension this offseason, but it's a rarity to see Cincinnati extend relief pitchers.
The Reds have some decisions to make in the coming weeks. The non-tender deadline is November 17th and arbitration hearings will take place from late-January through early-February.