Written by J.Y. MORTIMER
Not surprising, the red-hot Cincinnati Reds announced today that first baseman/outfielder Wil Myers has been reinstated from the injured list and designated for assignment.
The 32-year-old Myers signed a one-year contract worth $7.5 million, $1.5 million in achievable incentives, and a mutual option for the 2024 season on December 22, 2022. In 37 games for the Reds in 2023, Myers hit just .189/.257/.283 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI. After a stint on the injured list in which he dealt with kidney stones and a left shoulder sprain.
His early season lack of production and the fact that the Reds lineup is going so well, they couldn’t justify putting a weak bat on the field.
In 37 games for the Reds in 2023, Myers hit just .189/.257/.283 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI. After a stint on the injured list in which he dealt with kidney stones and a left shoulder sprain.
In the infield, the Reds added youngsters in Matt McClain, Elly De La Cruz during his DL stint and the face of the franchise, Joey Votto returned to the lineup. So no room for Myers there.
In the outfield, Will Benson, TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley and Nick Senzel have all shown they can handle that part of the field, so Myers had nowhere to play.
When Myers went on the DL, the Reds were losing and not in contention. Now they are winning and have become America’s Team with their gritty, hard-nosed, come-from-behind attitude and hit the ball all over the park approach.
The Reds will now have a week to trade Myers, pass him through outright waivers or release him.