Reporter Yoon-Jun Ko = Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was assigned the designation on the 23rd of last month (hereafter Korean time), was eventually released from the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati announced on its official website on the 6th that “the club has decided to release third baseman Mustakas.” The team had previously DFA’d Moustakas to make room for catcher Kurt Cassali. He was given a release notice after passing the waiver. 안전놀이터
Moustakas is now on the market as a free agent and needs to find a new team. Moustakas has $22 million left on his 2023 contract worth $18 million and a $4 million buyout. The team that recruits him only has to pay the minimum salary.
He is an All-Star third baseman and was once rated as the best offensive third baseman. He posted a career batting average of 0.247 with 203 homers, 635 RBIs and an OPS of 0.743, and was also a three-time All-Star and won a championship ring with the 2015 Kansas City Royals.
Moustakas then signed a four-year, $64 million contract with Cincinnati ahead of the 2020 season. However, after signing the contract, he began to fall rapidly.
During his three seasons in Cincinnati, he had a batting average of 0.216, 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.683.
In the end, Cincinnati decided to release regardless of the amount, and decided it was better to give another player a chance.
Teams that sign Moustakas only need to pay minimum wage, but it’s unclear if any teams will add him to their 40-man roster. ‘MLB Trade Rumors’ said, “It’s a similar situation to Eric Hosmer. He predicted that there will definitely be teams scratching the lottery.”