Which players should the Reds target from the AL Central?
Dallas Keuchel, Chicago White Sox
Dallas Keuchel had a down year in 2021 and was even left off the Chicago White Sox playoff roster. Still, the former Cy Young Award-winner could be an intriguing target for the Reds this offseason.
It's almost a certainty that the White Sox will shop Keuchel this offseason. While the Reds wouldn't want to take on Keuchel's salary, perhaps swinging a trade for the lefty would allow Cincinnati to get out from under one of their more pricey contracts.
Aaron Civale, Cleveland Indians
If there's one thing the Cleveland Indians have, it's starting pitching. While the Cincinnati Reds are relatively deep in this area as well, a few of their hurlers are getting long in the tooth.
Wade Miley has a $10M team-option, Sonny Gray will be a free agent after next season, and Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are entering their second season of arbitration. Aaron Civale is an underrated pitcher within the Indians' organization.
José Cisnero, Detroit Tigers
We'll continue to beat the drum; the Cincinnati Reds need to address the bullpen this offseason. José Cisnero recorded 62 punch outs in 61.2 innings.
Cisnero posted a 3.65 ERA in 2021 and has a career-ERA under 4.00. The right-hander is under team control through the 2023 season.
Scott Barlow, Kansas City Royals
Trading for Scott Barlow would cost the Reds a pretty penny in terms of the return, but landing an arm like his would help solidify the backend of the Cincinnati bullpen for years to come.
Barlow recorded 91 strikeouts over 74.1 innings of work and converrted 16 saves. His 190 ERA+ is eye-popping as well. Barlow is a workhorse on the mound.
Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Would Cincinnati really make a deal like this? Anything is possible, and if the Minnesota Twins don't look to lock up Byron Buxton this offseason, he'll become a free agent next winter.
This would be quite the gamble, but one that could pay off. Buxton is a superstar, both in the field and at the plate. That said, he's played a combined 187 games over the past two seasons.