Re: Off-season transactions
I believe there is a limit on how long you can hold a retired player's rights before you have to release him. I am sure the Reds still hold rights to players like Chase Ware, Shane Carlson, Blair Carson, Joseph Krebs, Justin Walker, etc. (all guys who retired).
I knew a player once who was demoted by his organization and asked for his release rather than report. The organization refused to grant the release so the player retired. The organization kept him on the appropriate list to hold his rights for as long as they were allowed.