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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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 13: Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates after hitting a first inning leadoff homer against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

4. Jarrod Dyson

The cupboard is pretty bare when it comes to the center field market this offseason. If the Cincinnati Reds are looking to upgrade the middle of the outfield grass, their best bet may be look a potential trade. However, if the front office is looking for a defensive-minded centerfielder, adding a player like Jarrod Dyson could be the play.

At 34-years-old, Dyson may be a bit long in the tooth. He’s also not going to be confused for Mike Trout, as Dyson’s career batting average is just .247 and the left-handed hitter slashed just .230/.313/.320 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs in 2019.

Dyson played all over the Arizona Diamondbacks outfield in 2019, but saw most of his opportunities in center field. With 61 starts in center field, Dyson was responsible for 5 defensive runs saved and had 13 DFS overall. Dyson would definitely upgrade the Reds outfield from a defensive standpoint.

However, with the Reds needing an offensive makeover this winter, one wonders if it’s wise to spend money in free agency on a defensive-minded outfielder. With the recent addition of Travis Jankowski and Jose Siri sitting down at Triple-A Louisville, the Reds already have two players with a similar profile to Dyson. Both Jankowski and Siri are also cheaper options.

If the Cincinnati Reds are bound and determined to have Senzel return to the infield and unable to swing a trade for centerfielder, then maybe the front office would go after Dyson. However, given the Reds need for offense, I think Dyson is likely off the Reds radar. Again, the center field market does not yield a lot of impact players this winter, but Dyson may be the best of the bunch.