Shortly after the final out is recorded in the 2023 World Series, free agency begins. Teams also have decisions to make regarding team and mutual-options during that window as well.
The Cincinnati Reds roster is made up of mostly rookie and second-year players. In order to qualify for free agency, a player must reach six years of service time or be released by his team before reaching six years of service time.
Though not yet tendered a contract for 2024, players like Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Nick Senzel are eligible for arbitration this offseason. Hunter Greene is the only player on the Reds roster who's actually under contract for next season.
Which Reds players will be free agents during the 2023-24 offseason?
The Cincinnati Reds actually have three players who are scheduled to become free agents during the offseason and two more who have options on their contracts.
Once free agency opens, Luke Maile, Buck Farmer, and Harrison Bader will be able to sign with any team they'd like. Joey Votto has a club-option for 2024 while Curt Casali has a mutual-option for next season. Both are unlikely to be exercised, meaning both Votto and Casali are likley to be free agents as well.
Which free agents might the Reds look to re-sign during the 2023-24 offseason?
There's a high likelihood that Cincinnati will attempt to re-sign Luke Maile, and the Reds may also look to keep Buck Farmer as well. The other three free agents present a much different discussion.
When it comes to Harrison Bader, there's almost no chance the Reds will look to re-sign the former New York Yankees outfielder. Unless the Reds are looking to carry three catchers once again, don't look for the team to re-sign Curt Casali.
When it comes to Joey Votto, things get much more complicated. Votto has already stated his intentions to play in 2024, but he may be wearing a different team's uniform next season.
The Cincinnati Reds may also look to re-sign free agents from other teams once the moratorium is lifted shortly after the World Series is over. However, baseball fans shouldn't expect a great deal of transactions until the biggest star in the sport, Shohei Ohtani, has signed a new contract.