The Cincinnati Reds have been known to be pretty thrifty when it comes to signing high-dollar free agents, but it's not out of the question that the front office will look to upgrade the roster via trades.
Who's one player from each team the Reds could target this offseason? Let's look at each division and select one player from each team who might be a fit for the Cincinnati Reds.
Which players should the Reds target from the NL East?
A.J. Minter, Atlanta Braves
The Cincinnati Reds need a reliable left-hander out of the bullpen. A.J. Minter is just 27 years old and under team control through the 2024 season. The southpaw posted a 2.69 FIP and during the playoffs, his strikeout-rate is 44.0%.
Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson is under contract through next season, but Amir Garrett is up for arbitration and could be non-tendered this winter.
Connor Brogdon, Philadelphia Phillies
Another reliever on the list? Shocking, I know. In all seriousness, adding an arm like Connor Brogdon is a virtual necessity for the Reds this offseason. Cincinnati has to find a way to fix the bullpen without bringing in washed up veterans on minor league contracts.
Brogdon posted a 3.43 ERA in 56 games, 55 of which came out of the Phillies bullpen. Brogdon doesn't miss a lot of bats, but the 26-year-old would be a solid addition to the Reds relief corps.
Drew Smith, New York Mets
I'm sensing a theme here, But let's be real; the Cincinnati Reds need as many relief arms as they can get, Heading into next season, the only reliable pitchers out of the bullpen would be Tony Santillan, Lucas Sims, Justin Wilson, Art Warren, and Luis Cessa.
Drew Smith put up solid numbers for New York in 2021. The right-hander appeared in 31 games, struck out 41 batters over 41.1 innings, and put up a 2.40 ERA.
Anthony Bass, Miami Marlins
Yes, I know, it's another reliever. But an overwhelming majority of the Miami Marlins position players are not going anywhere. However, a veteran reliever like Anthony Bass could be had.
Bass had a solid, yet unspectacular season in 2021. The journeyman right-hander owned a 3.82 ERA. Bass has posted an ERA+ above 100 in the last four seasons.
Tres Barrera, Washington Nationals
You have to think that the Cincinnati Reds will not pick up Tucker Barnhart's $7.5M option. If Barnhart becomes a free agent, it may behoove the Redlegs to look for a backup catcher to give Tyler Stephenson a few days off.
Tres Barrera had a cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2020, but spent 30 games with the Nats in 2021. The right-handed backstop put up a .264/.374/.385 slash line in 91 at-bats.