The Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a rebuild but do have some good, young talent on the roster. This is a major offseason for them and if they can start to grow, maybe the big red machine can thrive once again.
The MLB offseason is always an exciting time. It typically goes slowly but once the first domino falls, others follow suit. Every year, we see players accept one year deals to “bet on themselves” in the hope of a lofty payday the following offseason. Here are three players that would make sense for the Reds to target this offseason.
3. Andrew Heaney
Heaney found something during his time with Los Angeles last year. While he did still give up the home run at a high rate, his strikeout numbers increased. He looked like a confident pitcher on the mound and could use the Reds as a stopgap towards a new contract. Cincinnati had interest in him last season before he signed with the Dodgers so the paiting could finally happen. He would help bolster the Reds rotation behind their young studs.
2. Tucker Barnhart
The Reds need a backup catcher to Tyler Stephenson and who better than Barnhart. It could be a reunion of sorts and makes sense for both sides. Barnhart was a fan favorite during his time with the Reds and bringing him back would be a good move from the fans perspective. Stephenson has dealt with some injuries lately as well so Barnhart could provide some nice insurance for the team.
1. Cody Bellinger
It’s not everyday that a former National League MVP is available on the free agent market. Bellinger was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier this offseason and is reportedly looking for a one-year prove it type deal. The Reds need outfielders and Bellinger needs a chance to play everyday. It’s a win-win for both parties. Bellinger would get to hit in the hitter friendly confines of Great American Ballpark and is still one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. He could provide some veteran leadership to this team as well and bring a nice left-handed power bat to the lineup. If Cincinnati gave him a lucrative one-year deal, I think Bellinger could find his way to the Reds.