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Cincinnati Reds 2022: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India and the Reds are hitting the reset button after a wave of offseason departures

On the morning of August 28, the Reds were 71–59 and in second place in the National League Central. They had the fourth-best record in the league and a 1.5-game lead over the Padres for the second wild card. They subsequently got run over by a 17-consecutive-win freight train coming out of St. Louis. But that glosses over the Reds' 12–20 record over the rest of the season, the fifth-worst mark in all of baseball.

After the season ended, the Reds traded catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Tigers to avoid exercising a $7.5 million option for 2022. Nick Castellanos opted out of his contract, choosing free agency rather than two years at $34 million in Cincinnati. And the team bought out the contract of Wade Miley, the team's top starting pitcher in 2020, to save $9 million. After those three departures, general manager Nick Krall stated, "Going into 2022, we must align our payroll to our resources." The timing of this "alignment" is disappointing. This doesn't sound like a team looking to capitalize on its competitive environment.