While the Cincinnati Reds have rumored interest in Marcell Ozuna and Yasmani Grandal, which under-the-radar free agents could provide value for the team?
The Cincinnati Reds are looking to compete for a division championship in 2020. To get there, the Reds will have to make some strategic additions to the roster, some of which may be through free agency. While a lot of fans are advocating for the Reds to go after a big name such as Yasmani Grandal or Marcell Ozuna, there are some under-the radar free agents that may be worth a look.
The Reds have been a notoriously frugal franchise, not investing a lot of money in the free agent market. However, this offseason has already been littered with rumors and hearsay, claiming the Reds will be kicking the tires on a lot of high-dollar free agents this winter. But, what about some of the lesser known players available?
Cincinnati signed Derek Dietrich and José Iglesias to minor-league deals last offseason, and it paid off. Dietrich gave fans something to cheer for during the early-part of the 2019 season, hitting 12 home runs during the month of May, while Iglesias outplayed the $2.5M contract he signed and is likely to cash in this winter following an unexpected performance last season.
The Reds front office needs to get a few big bats this winter, so keeping tabs on players like Nicholas Castellanos and Didi Gregorius is a sound strategy to be sure. However, the Reds should not neglect the bargain bin. Let’s take a look at five free agents that may agree to a relatively inexpensive contract, while providing great value in 2020.