3 free agents the Reds should sign once the MLB lockout is over

San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28) looks on.
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Should the Reds target Ian Kennedy?
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ian Kennedy (31) reacts. / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

2. Reds should target Ian Kennedy after MLB lockout is lifted.

The biggest unknown on the Cincinnati Reds roster might be the bullpen. While adding Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson last summer helped, losing Tejay Antone for the 2022 season definitely hurt. Maybe a veteran hurler like Ian Kennedy would bring some stability to the Cincinnati relief corps.

Kennedy split time last season between the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies. Due to injuries, Kennedy was counted upon to be the Rangers' closer, but was dealt to the City of Brotherly Love in July.

After spending the majority of his career getting opposing batters to chase, Kennedy relied on his fastball last season and saw a good deal of success with it. Kennedy went to the heater 82.5% of the time and averaged 94.1-MPH.

This type of deal would be akin to what Sean Doolittle agreed to last winter. There are several young pitchers on the Cincinnati roster, but a veteran presence in the bullpen would be welcome in 2022. Perhaps Kennedy is that guy.