The 2019 MLB Winter Meetings are upon us. The Cincinnati Reds may be one of the more active teams next week. What can fans expect?
The Cincinnati Reds did not wait until this year’s Winter Meetings to make a key acquisition. Mike Moustakas was signed to a four-year/$64M contract earlier this month. However, most of the groundwork for such deals is laid during the upcoming week in San Diego. What can Reds Country expect from the front office as the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings commence today?
Baseball fans have already seen several high-dollar free agents signed to lucrative deals. Yasmani Grandal and Zack Wheeler, two free agents the Reds were said to be after, signed multi-year contracts. Grandal joined the Chicago White Sox on a four-year deal and Wheeler signed up for five years in Philadelphia. In both instances, however, the Reds were rumored to be heavily involved.
Recently, Cincinnati was said to be in the bidding for free agent lefty Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner, who has draft pick compensation attached to his signing due to the qualifying offer extended by the San Francisco Giants, is a four-time All-Star and three-time World Champion who took home the World Series MVP in 2014.
In addition to free agent signings, there is the possibility for trades to be executed, or, at the very least, discussed. Last year’s deal between the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers gained a lot of traction during the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings.
There’s also the Rule 5 Draft. While it may be surprising to see the Reds make some acquisitions through this process, there is the possibility that a few players who went unprotected last month may find their way onto another team by the end of next week. So, without any further ado, let’s preview the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings.