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Mike Moustakas: Cut loose by Cincinnati
Moustakas (calf) was released by the Reds on Thursday.
The 34-year-old was designated for assignment by the Reds ahead of Christmas, and he'll now hit the open market after he passed through waivers unclaimed. Moustakas missed the last six weeks of 2022 with a calf injury and finished the campaign with a .214/.295/.345 slash line in 78 contests.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: DFA'd by Cincy
Moustakas (calf) was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday.
The 34-year-old missed the final six weeks of last season with a calf injury, and he won't be returning to the Reds in 2023. Cincinnati still owes Moustakas $22 million -- $18 million for his 2023 salary and a $4 million buyout for 2024 -- but the team decided it was time to move on after he posted a .212/.289/.356 slash line over the past two years. Given the remaining contract, Moustakas is likely to go unclaimed on waivers and should hit free agency.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: May not be part of team's plans
Moustakas (calf) doesn't appear to be in line for a regular role with the Reds in 2023, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He's on our roster," general manager Nick Krall said, when asked about Moustakas at a recent fan event.
The Reds were willing to eat outfielder Shogo Akiyama's contract last season when they determined that Akiyama no longer had a role with the team, and that might be the same path they take with Moustakas this season. A healthy Joey Votto (shoulder) should reclaim everyday duties at first base during the upcoming season, and Moustakas' other avenues to playing time at designated hitter or third base could also be blocked with Cincinnati presumably keen on giving some of its younger hitters opportunities. Before his 2022 campaign came to an end in late August with a left calf strain, Moustakas posted a .640 OPS -- the second-worst mark of his career -- and a career-high 26.3 percent strikeout rate over 285 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Won't return in 2022
The Reds transferred Moustakas (calf) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Thursday.
The transaction officially ends Moustakas' season while clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for infield prospect Spencer Steer, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. With Moustakas on the shelf, Donovan Solano should be locked into a full-time role at first base the rest of the way, allowing the Reds to rotate a number of players through the designated hitter spot. Moustakas ends his third season in Cincinnati with a .214/.295/.345 slash line across 285 plate appearances, marking the second straight year he'll finish with an OPS under .700. The 34-year-old is under contract for $18 million in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Lands on injured list
Moustakas was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain Saturday, retroactive to Aug. 24.
Moustakas missed the last three games due to his calf injury and will ultimately require a trip to the injured list. However, he'll be eligible to return in early September since the move was backdated to Wednesday. Colin Moran's contract was selected Saturday, and he should have a chance to carve out playing time while Moustakas and Matt Reynolds (hip) are sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Remains out
Moustakas (calf) remains on the bench for Friday's game against the Nationals.
Moustakas will sit for the third straight game, with the Reds having little incentive to rush the oft-injured veteran at the tail end of a lost season. Donovan Solano will make another start at first base in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Still not starting
Moustakas (calf) isn't starting Thursday against the Phillies.
Moustakas continues to deal with a left calf injury and will be out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Donovan Solano will shift to first base while Kyle Farmer serves as the designated hitter Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Not starting Wednesday
Moustakas (calf) isn't starting Wednesday against the Phillies.
Moustakas exited Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia due to a left calf injury and will be held out of the lineup a day later. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench, but Donovan Solano will start at first base and bat cleanup.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Aggravates calf issue
Moustakas was removed from Tuesday's loss to the Phillies with a left calf injury, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The 33-year-old returned from a left calf strain last week, and he may have aggravated the injury Tuesday after going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Manager David Bell said Moustakas was feeling good after the contest, so it's possible the veteran is only dealing with a cramp.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Records RBI in win
Moustakas went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Moustakas recorded an RBI single in the ninth off lefty reliever Eric Stout to augment the Reds' lead to five. The third baseman has struggled mightily, slashing .056/.150/.056 in 18 at-bats over the seven games prior to his stint on the 10-day IL (calf). Despite the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, the 33-year-old has performed better on the road with a .671 OPS in 128 at-bats compared to a .554 OPS in 111 at-bats at home.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Reinstated from IL
Moustakas (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
Moustakas will return to the Reds after missing the minimum 10 days while nursing a calf strain. The 33-year-old has struggled to a .120 average with a solo homer and two runs scored over 25 at-bats in 10 games since the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Hoping to return this week
Moustakas (calf), according to Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer, is "determined" to return to action Friday when first eligible.
Moustakas landed on the injured list last week, but he is hoping to return to action after missing only the minimum 10 days. The Reds figure to provide another update on Moustakas' status in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Unavailable Tuesday
Moustakas (calf) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Mets.
Moustakas suffered a calf injury in Monday's loss and will now be forced to miss at least one game while nursing the issue. Donovan Solano will take over at designated hitter and bat fifth Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Goes on IL with calf strain
The Reds placed Moustakas on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left calf strain.
Moustakas was one of the three Reds that was either scratched from the lineup or lifted early in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Mets with an injury, and though Kyle Farmer (neck) and Jonathan India (hamstring) are back in action Tuesday, Moustakas wasn't as fortunate. He'll now be sidelined until at least Aug. 19 due to the calf issue, paving the way for Donovan Solano to take over as the Reds' primary designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Departs with calf injury
Moustakas left Monday's game against the Mets due to a left calf injury, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Moustakas was spotted hobbling on the basepaths early in the contest, and he was removed shortly after. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Sitting Friday
Moustakas will sit Friday against the Brewers.
Moustakas finds himself on the bench for the third time in four games. All of his absences have come against lefties like Friday's starter Eric Lauer. Donovan Solano will be the designated hitter in his place.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Sits versus lefty
Moustakas is on the bench Tuesday against the Marlins.
With a lefty (Braxton Garrett) on the mound for Miami once again, Moustakas remains on the bench. The 33-year-old has gone just 2-for-15 with a home run and six strikeouts in six games after the All-Star break. Donovan Solano is the designated hitter Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Held out Monday
Moustakas is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.
Southpaw Jesus Luzardo will open on the mound for the Marlins, so Moustakas and his .513 OPS against lefties will open the game on the bench. Donovan Solano will enter the lineup in place of Moustakas.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Moustakas: Out against lefty
Moustakas is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
The Reds appear to be moving Moustakas to a strict strong-side platoon player these days, as he'll be on the bench for the third time in four games while Cincinnati has faced left-handed starting pitchers in each of those occasions. Joey Votto will get a day out of the field to handle Moustakas' usual spot in the lineup at designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-0, 211 lbs|
|Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA|
|Bats/Throws: L, R|