3. Braves outfielder Kevin Pillar could be on the Reds radar this offseason
If the Cincinnati Reds decide to make a move that many fans expect and part company with Nick Senzel this offseason, the team is going to need a skilled, right-handed hitting outfield to platoon with the pair of Jake Fraley and Will Benson.
Kevin Pillar could be that guy and will be a free agent this offseason. Forget playing Pillar against right-handed pitchers; it's a bad idea. Pillar hit just .202 against right-handers in 2023.
But, the veteran had success against left-handed pitchers with an OPS of .734. Six of Pillar's nine home runs came against southpaws last season, and the 34-year-old plays above-average defense in left field.
Pillar is another example of a low-cost free agent signing who could bring leadership and playoff experience to an extremely young and inexperienced Reds squad.
If the Reds part ways with Joey Votto this winter, Cincinnati's playoff experience comes in the form of one at-bat from Will Benson in 2022 and Lucas Sims' 2.2 innings in 2020. As fans have witnessed this season, experience matters in the postseason.
Is Kevin Pillar going to put butts in the seats at Great American Ball Park or crush 450-foot blasts? No, but he can bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse, along with solid defense in the outfield and a serviceable platoon bat to deply against left-handers.