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Luis Castillo agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million deal with the Reds to avoid arbitration. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While this looks like a relative bargain for Castillo, considering his career trajectory, this is actually a decent salary bump for him. He was rumored to be in some trade talks earlier this offseason but it would be a surprise if Cincinnati moved him at this point.

Category: Transactions


The Reds and RHP Tyler Mahle avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was his first time eligible for arbitration. Mahle is coming off a successful 2020 campaign, posting a 3.59 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings.

Category: Transactions


The Cincinnati Reds and LHP Amir Garrett avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati traded away closer Raisel Iglesias this offseason, which leaves Garrett and Lucas Sims competing for saves.

Category: Transactions


Jesse Winker avoids arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.15M deal for the 2021 season, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Enquirer. (Source: Bobby NIghtengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winker played in 54 games last year and had a .255 BA, .388 OBP, and a .544 SLG. Winker also hit 12 home runs in the 2020 season, the second-most in his four-year career.

Category: Transactions


The Reds and RHP Michael Lorenzen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.4375 million contract. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was Lorenzen's final year of salary arbitration. The plan is for him to enter 2021 as a full-time starter.

Category: Transactions


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Nationals continue to express interest in Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: However, Heyman adds that Washington doesn't want to part with top RHP prospects Jackson Rutledge and Cade Cavalli, which reportedly makes a deal unlikely. Cincinnati seems pretty interested in selling off players at the moment, so it wouldn't be a total shock if they ultimately lower their asking price.

Category: Rumors


Sonny Gray has been at the center of most of Cincinnati's trade talks this offseason, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heyman notes that other teams have kicked the tires on players such as Eugenio Suarez but Sonny Gray has been drawing the most interest, and rightfully so. Gray is still relatively young at 31-years old and is under contract for the next two seasons at an affordable price, a little over $10 million per year. He also has a $12 million club option for 2023. He's coming off a solid 2020 in which he registered a 3.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 72:26 K/BB ratio over 56 innings. He would make for a welcome addition to any team looking to beef up their starting rotation.


Reds president of baseball operations Nick Krall named Lucas Sims and Amir Garrett as possibilities for late-inning bullpen duties in 2021. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This comes on the heels of the team trading away Raisel Iglesias and non-tendering Archie Bradley. Sims is a very intriguing option to possibly serve as the Reds' closer next year. He allowed just three runs in 25 2/3 innings last season, while also registering 34 strikeouts and a 0.94 WHIP. We'll have more clarity on Cincinnati's closing situation later in the offseason, of course.


The Reds traded RP Raisel Iglesias to the Angels in exchange for Noe Ramirez and a player to be named later. (Source: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That's quite an uninspiring return for a valuable reliever. Iglesias is owed $9.125 million in the final year of his contract in 2021, so this is clearly a salary dump by Cincinnati. The 30-year-old Iglesias posted a 2.74 ERA with eight saves during the shortened 2020 campaign. He'll likely open the 2021 season as the Angels' primary closer, which makes him a top-12 reliever in fantasy drafts as of now.

Category: Transactions


The Reds non-tendered RHP Archie Bradley. (Source: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley was acquired from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline and allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings for the Reds. The team has made it clear that they're looking to reduce payroll entering 2021. Bradley will certainly receive interest while on the free agent market, and he could realistically wind up with a multi-year deal.

Category: Transactions


OF Brian Goodwin was non-tendered by the Reds. (Source: Brian Goodwin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Goodwin was projected to earn about $3 million in his second year of arbitration. The 30-year-old hit .215 with a .716 OPS between the Angels and Reds in 2020.

Category: Transactions


The Reds traded OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson to the Rockies in exchange for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams on Wednesday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson was limited to 11 innings in 2020 with a back strain. He posted a 9.90 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a 13:3 K:BB during that span. Stephenson will provide the Rockies with a late-inning arm, but the move to Colorado only hurts his fantasy value. The 27-year-old RHP is third or fourth in line for save opportunities in the Rockies' bullpen behind Mycal Givens, Daniel Bard and Scott Oberg.

Category: Transactions


The Reds traded OF Jameson Hannah and RHP Robert Stephenson to the Rockies in exchange for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams on Wednesday. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hannah has yet to play in the majors since being selected 50th overall by the Reds in the 2018 MLB Draft. He slashed 283/.341/.381 with two home runs, 31 RBI, 48 runs scored and six stolen bases over 413 plate appearances with High-A Stockton in 2019. Hannah will most likely start the 2021 season in the minors and is worth monitoring in deep dynasty league formats.

Category: Transactions


Nick Castellanos didn't notify the Reds that he was opting out of his contract. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It means that he'll remain with the team in 2021. It's no surprise that Castellanos isn't opting out given the alarming early indications of the free agent market. Castellanos got off to a torrid start in 2020 but wound up hitting just .225 with 14 homers and a .784 OPS. He could wind up as an appealing bounce-back option in spring drafts next year.

Category: Transactions


Shogo Akiyama is leading off and playing left field in Thursday's Game 2 of the Wild Card Round versus the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Nick Senzel hit first against the lefty Max Fried on Wednesday. Now it's Akiyama's turn opposite right-hander Ian Anderson. The Reds failed to score a run in 13 innings in Game 1. Manager David Bell is hoping that Akiyama can set the table in this do-or-die Game 2.


Reds starter Trevor Bauer tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings on two hits and no walks while striking out 12 in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round Wednesday. The Braves went on to win the game 1-0 in extra innings.

Fantasy Impact: Bauer was brilliant on Wednesday, but he was matched on the other side of Max Friend, who threw seven scoreless innings of his own. Bauer is among the favorites for the NL Cy Young award this season, and he showed why on Wednesday even if he didn't come away with the win.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Senzel is leading off and playing center field in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: The former top prospet had a disappointing year for Cincinnati, hitting .186 with a .604 OPS in 23 games. He gets the start versus the lefty Max Fried, however. This game kicks off a little after 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday.


Freddy Galvis went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Galvis took Jose Berrios deep in the fifth inning for his seventh long ball of the season. He was splitting time at shortstop with Jose Garcia, but has started four of the last five contests. Galvis has struggled most of 2020, slashing .221/.307/.412 with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 18 runs scored over 153 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas has been red hot the last week of the season, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with five doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and one stolen base over his last six games. He is slashing .237/.344/.489 over 154 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Votto took Adrian Houser deep in the first inning for his 11th long ball of the season. He is .316 (6-for-19) with two home runs, four RBI and six walks over his last six contests. Votto is slashing .227/.349/.455 over 209 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps