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Reds second baseman Jonathan India won the 2021 Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year award Monday night. (Source: BBWAA on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: India was all but assured of claiming the award in the National League after a dominant rookie season with the Reds. India finished the 2021 season with a .269 batting average, .835 OPS, 98 runs scored, 34 doubles, 21 home runs, and 69 runs batted in.


Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports Reds RHP Luis Castillo is already drawing trade interest from several teams. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi adds that the Reds are willing to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, who is eligible for free agency after 2023. Castillo got off to a horrendous start in 2021 but was fantastic over the season's final four months. From June onwards he registered a 2.73 ERA with a 3.35 xFIP and 144 strikeouts in 135 1/3 innings. He would be a phenomenal get for any team trading for his services.

Category: Rumors


The Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Wade Miley off waivers from the Reds. (Source: Chicago Cubs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a move that was purely to save money, Cincinnati cut ties with Miley this week. The 34-year-old, who is set to earn $10 million in 2022, went 12-7 with a 3.97 FIP and 2.9 fWAR this past season.

Category: Transactions


Reliever Justin Wilson exercised his player option, meaning he'll return to the Reds on a $2.3 million deal in 2022. (Source: Bobby Nightengale Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nightengale adds that although Wilson is returning for 2022, the Reds "declined the conditional option to extend Justin Wilson's contract through the 2023 season." Through 58 innings with the Yankees and Reds this past season, the southpaw posted a career-worst 5.26 FIP, -0.2 fWAR, 7.68 K/9 rate, 4.24 B/9 rate, and .268 BABIP.

Category: Transactions


Nick Castellanos declined his player option with the Reds for the 2022 season and now becomes a free agent. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos will be going into a free agent market after having a career year with the Reds. Castellanos finished the 2021 season with a .309 batting average, 34 home runs, 38 doubles, 95 runs scored, and 100 runs batted in. He is set to command a nice pay raise in free agency.


Tucker Barnhart was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infield prospect Nick Quintana. The Tigers immediately exercised Barnhart's $7.5M team option. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barnhart was not particularly useful in fantasy leagues in 2021, posting a .247/.317/.368 slash line in 388 plate appearances. More importantly, Tyler Stephenson should have a full share of the Reds' catching duties in 2022, after posting a 111 wRC+ over 402 PAs. Incumbent Tigers' catcher Eric Haase's playing time will also be impacted, after hitting 22 homers in just 381 PAs in 2021.

Category: Transactions


Aristides Aquino went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and two RBI Sunday against the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Aquino entered the game in the fifth and delivered an RBI single. In the sixth, he blasted his 10th home run. After making a huge splash in 2019, Aquino has been relegated to a platoon bench role for the Reds, and that isn't likely to change in 2022.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Votto went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Votto put the cap on an impressive 2021 season Sunday with his 36th homer. Despite a tough start to the season, Votto had a resurgent second half. In 448 at-bats, he finishes with a .266 average, 99 RBI, and a .938 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Reiver Sanmartin (2-0) picked up the win in game 162 Sunday against Pittsburgh. He allowed one run on seven hits across six innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Sanmartin impressed in his two starts at the end of the 2021 season, accumulating a 1.54 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 11.2 innings with 11 strikeouts. He may be in the mix for the Reds' starting rotation in 2022.

Category: Game Recaps


Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-4 with a double and a two run home run Saturday against the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez went yard in the fourth inning to extend the Reds' lead at the time. In 2021, he's batting .197 with 31 homers, 79 RBI, and a .711 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Mahle did not factor into the decision Saturday against the Pirates, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Mahle was solid through four innings, but ran into significant problems in the fifth, allowing six runs. He finishes 2021 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 180 innings with 210 strikeouts.

Category: Game Recaps


Sonny Gray (7-9) took the loss Wednesday against the White Sox, allowing five runs on five hits across 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Gray could not find a groove Wednesday, allowing runs in the third, fourth, and fifth before being removed. He likely ends his 2021 season with a 4.19 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 135.1 innings with 155 strikeouts.

Category: Game Recaps


Riley O'Brien (0-1) took the loss in his debut Tuesday against the White Sox, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: It was overall a disaster for O'Brien in his first major league start, issuing three walks and allowing two home runs. It's likely the youngster is sent back to the minors shortly.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Farmer went 1-for-5 with a grand slam Sunday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Farmer hit a grand slam off the Nationals bullpen in the sixth inning, his 16th home run of the season. Farmer is batting .262 across 473 at-bats this season with 63 RBI and a .734 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Stephenson went 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run, three RBI, and two runs scored Sunday against Washington.

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson was activated ahead of Sunday's game and delivered with a solid hitting performance. In 332 at-bats this season, he's batting .283 with 10 homers, 44 RBI, and a .798 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Vladimir Gutierrez did not factor into the decision Saturday against the Nationals, allowing four runs on five hits across 2.2 innings. He walked four and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Gutierrez has been nearly unusable in fantasy lately, posting a 7.39 ERA across his last seven starts (28 innings) with a 1.61 WHIP. He will face the Pirates for his final start of the season next week, but I'd advise staying away.

Category: Game Recaps


Delino DeShields went 1-for-1 with a solo home run Friday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: DeShields pinch hit for the pitcher in the fifth inning and hit his first homer of the season. He's bounced around a few teams in 2021; overall, he's batting .226 with five RBI and two steals in 31 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Schrock went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Friday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Schrock delivered home run number three in the third inning and was held hitless in his other at-bats. He's hitting .313 this season with a .859 OPS as a bench option for the Reds.

Category: Game Recaps


Mychal Givens allowed three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings against the Nationals Friday. He walked two and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: This was Givens's third blown save of the season; this time, he couldn't protect a three-run lead in the ninth. He's still the reliever to roster in Cincinnati, as he's been mostly reliable.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Moustakas (right plantar fasciitis) has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Reds. (Source: Bob Nightengale Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: More bad news for the slumping Reds. Moustakas has struggled to find a rhythm at the plate all season. He is hitting .208 with just six home runs and 22 runs batted in so far on the season. Where the Reds will miss Moustakas the most as they push for a Wildcard birth in the National League is in the field, where he can play multiple positions in the infield.

Category: Injury Updates