Cincinnati Reds: 3 free agent reunions we’d like to see

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Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during a game.

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 21: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during a game. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

These three former Reds could certainly help the team in 2021.

The Cincinnati Reds have some holes to fill heading into the 2021 season. With a few key players likely headed elsewhere via free agency, Cincinnati’s general manager Nick Krall may have to scour the free agent market for replacements. Are there any former Reds players who could help Cincinnati ascend to the top of the NL Central next season?

With the potential losses of Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati will need help filling out the starting rotation. Michael Lorenzen, Tejay Antone, and the recently acquired Jeff Hoffman are all in-house options who’ll have a chance to occupy the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation next season. But, perhaps an upgrade will be necessary.

Shortstop is a glaring weakness heading into the 2021 season. With Freddy Galvis unlikely to return and José García in need of some more time in the minor leagues, Krall may need to look toward the free agent market or make a trade in order to fill that vacancy.

There’s also the matter of the offense as a whole. Cincinnati’s bats struggled mightily last season despite the additions of Shogo Akiyama, Mike Moustakas, and Nick Castellanos. All three will be back in a Reds uniform next season, but some reinforcements will be a welcome sight. Cincinnati needs to find way to score runs.

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