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Reds DFA Mike Moustakas, has signed Curt Casale for 2023

The Cincinnati Reds went from pushing their road motorcycle to their home floor in a slightly used 2019 Volkswagen Jetta on Thursday. An hour or so after the team announced it They signed Outfieler Wil Myers on a one-year deal with an option for 2024 made another set of moves. This time they announced the signing of catcher Kurt Casale for 2023 and an option for the 2024 season. His deal is $3.25 million, which includes a base salary of $2.5 million and a $750,000 buyout if his 2024 option is not agreed. to me Mark Sheldon from Reds.com. To create room on the 40-man roster, the team assigned Mike Moustakas for the assignment.

Let’s start with Mike Mastakas’ hiring. This means that the end of Al-Mustaqi like Al-Ahmar has come upon us. After signing with the Reds ahead of the 2020 season on a 4-year deal, Mostafa has struggled to stay healthy and on the field. And perhaps related to that, he struggled to produce when he was in the field.

Mustafa hit .264/.325/.491 — good for 114 OPS+ in the five seasons prior to joining the Reds. In his three seasons with Cincinnati, he hit .216/.300/.383 — good for an OPS+ of just 80. This is the Bailey Hamilton area. With the move, the Reds will owe him $22 million unless some team decides to claim off waivers (the odds of that happening are about the same as tonight defeating Tyson Fury and becoming world heavyweight champion).

Now let’s talk about the signing of Kurt Casali. He played for the Reds from 2018-2020 before signing with the Giants in 2021. Last season he played for both the Giants and the Mariners. After hitting .260/.345/.440 with Cincinnati in his three seasons, he has only managed .207/.315/.342 since leaving. That’s 83 OPS+, or basically a slightly smaller better than what Moustakas hit while in Cincinnati.

Of course there is a huge difference between Mike Moustacs hitting that as a subpar catcher/designated hitter, and a high quality defensive catcher hitting that. However, you’d still like to see a little more insult – even if it’s coming from a Hunter.

But what Casale’s signing does might give Cincinnati’s offense a boost in an indirect way. The Reds have Tyler Stephenson, Luke Miley and Casale now in their 40-man squad and it looks like all three will be on the active list if they’re healthy. This would allow manager David Bell all kinds of flexibility in playing Stevenson at first base or designated hitter on days he doesn’t catch. Teams try to avoid this in most cases when they only have two catchers on the active roster just in case a hit occurs behind the plate. Having more of Stephenson’s bat in the lineup will almost certainly help an offense that has struggled in a number of ways during 2022.

With Casali’s contract added to the books, the Reds’ payroll is now around $83 million. And that also appears to be where he’s likely to stay, or at least it looks that way according to general manager Nick Krall of The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans.

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