Which players should the Reds target from the NL West?
Curt Casali, San Francisco Giants
If the Reds plan to move on from Tucker Barnhart, what better catcher to pair with Tyler Stephenson than former Cincinnati backstop Curt Casali.
No, Casali is never going to wow you with offensive statistics, but he's solid behind the dish. With former MVP Buster Posey likely to return to the Bay Area and top prospect Joey Bart itching to see more time in the bigs, the Giants could part with Casali.
Phil Bickford, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yet another relief pitcher finds his way onto the list. Phil Bickford owned a 2.81 ERA in 2021. After starting the season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Bickford joined the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander struck out 59 batters over 51.1 innings of work. Bickford's 10.5 K/9 was in-line with fellow Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen.
Craig Stammen, San Diego Padres
Despite being 37 years old, Craig Stammen is still a solid reliever. While his HR/9 took a jump from 2020 to 2021, Stammen is a ground ball pitcher whose style would play well at Great American Ball Park.
Stammen's ground ball-rate was at nearly 55% last season and it's been below 50% for the last three seasons. Think of Stammen as the bullpen version of Reds starter Wade Miley.
Tyler Kinley, Colorado Rockies
It's always difficult to evaluate pitchers who spend half their season at Coors Field, but adding Tyler Kinley could give Cincinnati a decent arm out of the bullpen. The right-hander posted a 23.1% strikeout-rate in 2021.
Kinley also has minor league options remaining and is entering his first offseason of arbitration eligibility. That would seem to fit nicely into the Reds plans.
Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
Yes, it would require a huge return, but the Cincinnati Reds do not have a reliable centerfielder, and for what Ketel Marte provides, his contract is a steal.
Marte is owed $8M in 2022 and has team-options in both 2023 ($10M) and 2024 ($12M). Adding Marte to center field would allow Tyler Naquin to slide over to right field and use Nick Senzel as a super utility player.