Cincinnati Reds: Five free agent outfielders to pursue this offseason

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 07: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his second solo home run of the game, against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 07: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his second solo home run of the game, against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /
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Avisaíl García
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a single against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

3. Avisaíl García

Avisaíl García is an interesting name to watch this offseason. Part of the Tampa Bay Rays club that went to the ALDS, García is coming a season that saw him rebound from a terrible outing in 2018. Following a season in which the right fielder hit just .236, García slashed .282/.332/.464 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs.

García profiles better for an American League team, as the 28-year-old saw 23 starts as the Rays designated hitter in 2019. However, García is a capable fielder with 2 defensive runs saved in 2019, the right-handed slugger also saw a couple starts in center field. By no means should García find a home in the middle of the outfield grass, but the Venezuelan does possess that type of versatility.

I would put the Reds chances of chasing García as very minimal. Compared to who the Reds would put on the filed in 2020, it’s hard to see García being an upgrade over Aristides Aquino. The Punisher took the baseball world by storm in August of last year, but cooled down once the season entered September.

Avisaíl García is two years removed from a career-year with the Chicago White Sox. In 2017, García represented the South Siders in the Midsummer Classic, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs. While Aquino’s strikeout-rate may be slightly higher than García’s, so is his walk-rate. Not a very patient hitter, García’s walk-rate in 2019 was 5.8%.

To me, if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to upgrade right field, they’re going to have to do better than Avisaíl García. That spot should be Aquino’s to lose, and I’d be very hesitant to spend big money in right field with The Punisher making just league minimum and under team control for several more seasons.