3 MiLB signings the Reds should make to help fuel spring training competition

There are plenty of minor moves the Reds could still make this offseason.

Chicago White Sox left fielder Clint Frazier
Chicago White Sox left fielder Clint Frazier / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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While it's foolish to believe that the Cincinnati Reds are done adding to their roster this offseason, president of baseball operations Nick Krall made it very clear that he doesn't foresee any major moves on the horizon.

But, in the same breath, the Reds' top executive mentioned the possibility of adding to the team's bullpen and perhaps even a bench bat. These types of additions typically come via minor-league signings with an invite to spring training. The Reds have done this in the past with Tyler Naquin and Brandon Drury.

So while it may seem as though the Reds Opening Day roster is set, a little friendly competition never hurt anybody. Which three players should the Reds sign to a minor-league contract in order to help fuel competition during spring training?

1. Reds should sign Clint Frazier to MiLB deal

Here's your chance, Reds fans. For years, it seemed as if the Cincinnati Reds fanbase was obsessed with the team acquiring Clint Frazier. Either that, or the New York Yankees fanbase was obsessed with trying to get Luis Castillo. Regardless, Frazier has been a named tied to Reds fandom for what feels like five years.

Frazier was the fifth-overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft. Cleveland eventually traded Frazier to the Yankees before the outfielder ever set foot on a major league field. Frazier's first two years in the Bronx were less than expected, but from 2019-2020, it finally seemed to click. Frazier posted a combined OPS of .845 during that two-year stretch and looked like he was going to be mainstay in New York.

But it came crashing down. Some medical issues forced Frazier onto the IL , and eventually the Yankees decided to part ways with talented left fielder. Frazier signed with the Chicago Cubs, but a poor performance led to him losing his roster spot. Frazier ended up on the South Side of Chicago for a brief period of time last season, but spent the majority of the year at Triple-A Charlotte.

There's a contingent of Reds fans who want to see Cincinnati pursue a right-handed hitting power-bat. Frazier posted a .442 slugging percentage in the minors last season. Clint Frazier isn't that big-name that Reds Country wants to see, but perhaps he could push Stuart Fairchild for the 26th spot on the Opening Day roster.