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.