Which players should the Reds target from the AL East?
Manuel Margot, Tampa Bay Rays
No, Manuel Margot would not replace the offensive production of Nick Castellanos in right field, but he'd certainly boost the team's outfield defense.
Margot has 41 defensive runs saved in his career, Castellanos has -48. Margot, however, has yet to put up an OPS+ over 100 during his career.
Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox
The Cincinnati Reds failed to hang on to Raisel Iglesias and Archie Bradley last season and it cost them dearly. The bullpen situation is about as murky heading into this offseason as it was last winter.
Barnes has two years and $15.5M remaining on his current deal, plus a option for 2024. Whether it's proven closer like Barnes or a slew of other relievers, Cincinnati must address the bullpen this winter.
Joey Gallo, New York Yankees
Not an ideal trade candidate by any means, but with the designated hitter likely coming to the National League, Joey Gallo could be a force in the Reds lineup.
A lot of fans will point to Gallo's AL-leading 213 strikeouts, but you can't ignore his AL-leading 111 walks as well. Gallo is your classic three true outcomes type of player.
Ross Stripling, Toronto Blue Jays
Looking for a low-cost, back-of-the-rotation starter who could also serve as a long man out of the bullpen? Look no further than Ross Stripling.
The 31-year-old had a down year, but Stripling could be a buy-low candidate this offseason. An All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, Stripling has talent, but has struggled the past two seasons.
Paul Fry, Baltimore Orioles
Paul Fry posted a 6.08 ERA last season, but the left-hander did strikeout 60 hitters over 47.1 innings of work. Fry is also under team control through 2024.
I've stressed the need for Cincinnati to address the bullpen this offseason and adding Fry would do just that. The lefty posted a ground ball rate of nearly 50% but his 16.3% walk-rate is rather unappealing.