Chances of Each Important Cincinnati Reds Player Returning

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Chances of Each Important Cincinnati Reds Player Returning
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The Cincinnati Reds have some important decisions to make this offseason. Key players like Bronson Arroyo, Manny Parra and Shin-Soo Choo will be free agents.

Other players, like Chris Heisey, Alfredo Simon, Ryan Hanigan, Xavier Paul and Sam LeCure will be eligible for arbitration and while some of them are safe—e.g. LeCure—others aren't so lucky, and could find themselves on the chopping block—e.g. Paul and Heisey.

Obviously, the team's biggest decisions will come when they choose whether to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo. It's highly unlikely that they will retain both players given their contract desires and it's completely possible that neither player returns to the team next season.

The Reds will explore every avenue possible in order to get the best deal for their team, but barriers to bringing back every player on this list certainly exist. Prospects waiting to take over full-time starting jobs, salary desires and the number of years will all play a major role in who the Reds choose to keep, and who they choose to let walk.

For this reason, we'll take a look at the eight key players mentioned above, dissect their value to the team, and assess their chances of returning in 2014.


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