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5 Players Cincinnati Reds Could Sever Ties With This Offseason

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5 Players the Reds Could Let Go During the Offseason

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With the Cincinnati Reds losing early in the MLB postseason once again, there are some questions about what they need to do to improve next season.

One change they made was to get rid of manager Dusty Baker and replace him with Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. It is still questionable whether this was the right move for them or not, as we’ll have to wait until next season to find out.

General manager Walt Jocketty has said that the reasons they got rid of Baker were because of his inability to take the Reds deeper into the playoffs, and because of the slump they finished this season with. The Reds have faith in Price and believe that he will take them to the playoffs right away and be successful there.

Price may want to make some changes in his first year as manager, and Jocketty may want to do the same if they have such high hopes for the team in the coming years. They are already talking about some changes to the pitching staff.

There have even been rumors that the Reds would like to unload the huge contract of second baseman Brandon Phillips. Let’s hope this is not the case. Phillips has been a huge part of their success in recent years.

There are plenty of things that could happen in the offseason. The big question is who the Reds should get rid of before next season in order to legitimately compete for a World Series title, which means not losing in the first round of the playoffs again.

Remember, this is a list of the players that the Reds could sever ties with this offseason. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are getting rid of these players. Most on this list are free agents anyway, so there is always a possibility that we won't see them return for the Reds next season. I have them listed in no certain order.

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5. Brandon Phillips

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Now don't panic, Reds fans. There have only been rumors that the Reds would like to unload Phillips' large contract. It could be as big of a mistake as letting former manager Baker go with one year still left on his contract. He has done a lot for the Reds during his time there. This season he batted .261 with 18 home runs and 103 RBIs. The 103 RBIs are the most he's had in any season since he started in the majors in 2002. He's only getting better. Phillips is also a three-time Gold Glove winner at second base and is a three-time All Star. It's only a possibility right now, but nothing for sure. Hopefully we'll see Phillips in the Reds starting lineup on Opening Day in April.

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4. Bronson Arroyo

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The 36-year-old starting pitcher will be eligible for free agency this offseason, unless the Reds decide to re-sign him. He had a 14-12 record for the Reds this season with a 3.79 ERA and 124 strikeouts. He has been an important part of the Reds' starting rotation for many years, but Price and Jocketty want to make some changes. Will Bronson Arroyo be one of those changes?

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3. Shin-Soo Choo

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Shin-Soo Choo is another potential free agent. There has been no word on whether or not the Reds will re-sign him. The 2013 season was his first season with the Reds, who were looking for a good leadoff hitter, and got one in Choo. He hit .285 with 21 home runs and 54 RBIs.

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2. Nick Masset

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Relief pitcher Nick Masset is another one of Cincinnati's six free agents. If the Reds are looking to make some changes to their pitching staff, they could let Masset go since he didn't have a great 2013 season. He was 3-6 with 3.71 ERA and just one save. There is plenty of time left in the offseason, so we'll just have to wait and see what kind of changes Price and Jocketty want to make on the Reds' pitching staff.

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1. Cesar Izturis

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The 33-year-old shortshop Cesar Izturis is a free agent. He has only been in Cincinnati for one season, mostly as a backup for fellow shortstop Zack Cozart. He hit .209 with no home runs and 11 RBIs in 2013. While he is a good, experienced shortstop, the Reds have quite a few younger shortstops currently on their roster that should be given a chance, even if it is just as a backup for Cozart.