3. Nick Krall and the Reds should sign reliever Yimi Garcia this offseason.
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen has been a disaster this season, and while the additions of Mychal Givens, Luis Cessa, and Justin Wilson have been a nice boost prior to the month of August, Cincinnati’s relief corps needs an overhaul.
The Reds are likely to lose Michael Lorenzen to free agency this winter. While team front office could attempt to re-sign Lorenzen, the right-hander may still have aspirations of being a starter in the league and he’s unlikely to get that chance in Cincinnati.
The Redlegs should also move on from Amir Garrett this offseason. AG has gone from potential closer to a last resort out of the bullpen. Garrett will enter his second round of arbitration this winter, but the Reds would do well to just non-tender AG and move on. Garrett owns a 6.18 ERA, 1.678 WHIP, and -0.5 WAR this season.
Yimi Garcia has enjoyed a great deal of success over the last three seasons. Splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and Houston Astros, Garcia has posted a 3.36 ERA over 132 games with 135 punch outs, a 1.000 WHIP, and a 126 ERA+.
Garcia has 15 saves on the season, though the Astros have yet to use Garcia in a save situation since acquiring the right-hander from the Marlins. The relief market will be ripe with quality arms this winter, and Nick Krall and the Reds front office will need to pounce early.