“Suarez has become a leader in our clubhouse. With the guys we’ve committed to Joey, Tucker and Geno, these are the guys we can count on to lead.”
The Reds have Joey Votto signed through 2023 with an option for 2024. Tucker Barnhart is signed through 2021 with an option for 2022. Homer Bailey is nearing the end of his six-year deal which runs out after 2019 with an option for 2020.
Suarez came to the Reds after Alfredo Simon was traded to Detroit in December 2014. He started the 2015 season in Louisville, but was called to the majors on June 11 to take over for the injured Zack Cozart. He hit .280 with 13 home runs.
“It is an honor for me to be a part of this wonderful team,” Suarez said. “I will do my best to win as many games as we can. I’m happy to be part of this team. It is my family. When I got traded, my first year here was 2015. When I saw my teammates, like Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Tucker, (Devin) Mesoraco, they said ‘welcome to the house’. I never forgot that.”
Suarez moved to third base in 2016 and hit .248 with 21 home runs. Last season, he was regarded as one of baseball’s better fielding third basemen, leading the National League in fielding percentage with .976. Suarez hit .260 and established career highs with 26 home runs, 84 walks, 82 RBI, .367 on-base percentage, .461 slugging percentage, .828 OPS. He tied career-highs with 25 doubles and two triples.