The Reds have had an active offseason tush’s far. What’s next?
With the Padres recent surge, you could make the case that San Diego has had the most active offseason to this point. However, very few teams have been involved in as many offseason trade rumors and transactions as the Cincinnati Reds. What might the rest of the offseason hold for General Manager Nick Krall and the Reds franchise?
Cincinnati’s ownership handed the reins of the baseball operations department over Krall after Dick Williams sudden resignation following the 2020 season. Cost cutting has been the name of the game early on this winter, as the Reds are looking to trim payroll following an abbreviated 2020 season that saw no fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds began the offseason by dealing former first-round pick Robert Stephenson to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jeff Hoffman. Cincinnati also decided to non-tender outfielder Brian Goodwin, pitcher Archie Bradley, and catcher Curt Casali. The Reds also non-tendered Kyle Farmer, but quickly re-signed their do-everything utility player.
More recently, the Reds traded Raisel Iglesias to the Los Angeles Angels in what amounted to a salary dump. Cincy sent their closer and his $9.125M salary to LA in exchange for infield prospect, a veteran reliever, and cash.
So, what’s next for Krall and the Reds front office? We’ve heard several players rumored to be on the trade block? Who’s going to play shortstop in 2021? Are any of the team’s top prospects poised to make their big league debut in 2021? Let’s check out some bold predictions for the remainder of the Cincinnati Reds offseason.