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Reds Non-Tender Former Highly-Rated Prospect Jose Peraza

Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza fields ball against Brewers
Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza fields ball against Brewers | Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Reds are officially moving on from a piece of their middle infield this offseason.

Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Reds have non-tendered shortstop Jose Peraza.

Peraza was once a highly-touted prospect within the Dodgers' farm system. He was ranked as baseball's No. 24 overall prospect in 2015, before debuting in the majors that same year.

He, along with Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon were acquired by the Reds in a three-team deal with the White Sox and Dodgers, which notably sent Todd Frazier to Chicago.

Peraza had been with the Reds since 2016, but was relegated to a platoon role in 2019. During his four-year stint in Cincy, the 25-year-old slashed .274/.313/.374 with 28 home runs, 153 RBI and 74 stolen bases.

He never lived up to his expectation with the Reds, and will now look to latch onto another team willing to give him a shot.

The Reds were expected to be in the market for a middle infielder, and pulled the trigger on Mike Moustakas just after cutting Peraza. Suddenly, it all makes sense.