5 MLB players who could benefit most from universal DH

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets looks on from the field during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets looks on from the field during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 27: Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on August 27, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – AUGUST 27: Mike Moustakas #9 of the Cincinnati Reds runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on August 27, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

2. Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas

33-year old Mike Moustakas seems to no longer have a spot in the Cincinnati Reds‘ everyday lineup. Moustakas, a sweet-swinging left-handed power bat, can play first base, second base and third base at a respectable clip.

Moustakas signed a four-year deal with the Reds back in the 2019-2020 offseason and has not performed up to expectations in either season he’s been a part of the organization.

“Moose” had a down year in the COVID-shortened 2020 season and then fought through a whole slew of injuries last year; ultimately posting a -1.0 bWAR with 6 home runs in just 62 games.

With the outstanding performance by rookie Jonathan India last season, the Reds have now successfully filled every position that Moustakas is capable of playing. With India the second basemen of the future and Joey Votto at first with Eugenio Suarez at third, there’s simply no place for Moose to play.

Moustakas could very well find himself as a part-time infielder and full-time DH in the upcoming season. He will still be able to play the infield when the perennial starters need days off, but he is strictly a designated hitter moving forward.