Free agent targets
The list could get exhaustive, as the Cincinnati Reds have a lot of interest in several free agents. However, the rumor mill has churned out several possible free agent targets. The only positions on the roster that seem to be assured heading into 2020 appear to be first base (Joey Votto), second base (Mike Moustakas), and third base (Eugenio Suárez).
Now, it’s also likely that center field is set for 2020 provided Nick Senzel returns from injury. The Reds may also be set in the corner outfield with the likes of Aristides Aquino, Jesse Winker, and Phillip Ervin, but the rumored interest in Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna should give fans cause to pause before slotting those three into next year’s lineup.
Shortstop is a position of interest heading into next season. After picking up Freddy Galvis‘ team option, it would appear that the 30-year-old will be part of next year’s squad. However, are the Reds comfortable with Galvis at the team’s starting shortstop, or might Dick Williams and Nick Krall look to sign Didi Gregorius?
The current catching duo of Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali seem to be safe for the moment. After failing to land Grandal in free agency and seeing the Milwaukee Brewers pull off a trade for Omar Narváez, there isn’t much to speak of in terms of a catcher that brings an offensive upgrade to the club. In addition, most free agent catchers have already been spoken for.
So, might the Reds land another free agent this week? It’s very possible. After being in on Wheeler following the acquisition of Moustakas, it’s obvious the Reds front office has money to spend. Where will they allocate their funds remains to be seen. Look for a potential signing of Gregorius to gain some traction, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ozuna’s name comes up again this week.