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Cincinnati Reds: Five under-the-radar free agents worth consideration

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Hector Rondon #30 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Hector Rondon #30 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 24: Adam Jones #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks breaks his bat on a pitch against Gabriel Ynoa #64 of the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Chase Field on July 24, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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.

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