There will be a bevy of free agents for the Reds to go after following the non-tender deadline.
The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration and pre-arbitration eligible players is December 2nd. Given the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely we’re going to see a record number of players non-tendered this offseason. Who are a few non-tender candidates the Cincinnati Reds may be keeping an eye on in the coming weeks?
Before we look at the specific players, I think it’s important to look at the needs. We’ve already heard Reds General Manager Nick Krall state that shortstop and pitching are the team’s top priorities entering this offseason.
With Freddy Galvis now a free agent, as well as the potential loss of starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani and Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati may need more than what the farm system can provide. José García has the look of a future big league shortstop, but his bat is well behind his glove. The Reds have two top tier starters (Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray), but will need more from their starting staff.
Needless to say the Cincinnati outfield should not need to be addressed this winter. After the additions of right-handed slugger Nick Castellanos and Gold Glove-finalist Shogo Akiyama last offseason, it’s unlikely the Reds would sign another outfielder.
The infield, sans shortstop, is pretty well stocked up as well, and there’s no need for Krall to go hunting for another backstop this offseason. So, with a focus on shortstop and pitching, let’s take a look at five potential non-tender candidates the Cincinnati Reds should look at this winter.