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3 recently non-tendered players the Reds should target

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Andrew Vasquez (62) pitches.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Andrew Vasquez (62) pitches. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds non-tendered only pitcher Brandon Bailey on Tuesday afternoon, but quickly re-signed the right-hander to a minor-league pact.

Some others throughout Major League Baseball were not so lucky, and are currently free agents.

There weren't many surprises. The biggest surprise for the Reds may have been that Aristides Aquino and Amir Garrett survived the deadline.

Fans should expect both The Punisher and AG to be on the field in Goodyear when spring training begins.

Let's now turn our attention to a few players who hit the free agent market just yesterday.

Last year, the Reds dismissed Curt Casali, Archie Bradley, and Brian Goodwin at the non-tender deadline.

Who are some names that the Cincinnati Reds should target now that the non-tender deadline has passed?

1. The Reds should target LHP Andrew Vasquez.

Though he pitched in just two games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Andrew Vasquez could be a solid addition to the Cincinnati Reds bullpen.

Vasquez, a former 32nd-round pick of the Minnesota Twins, has only a handful of appearances in the major leagues over the years.

Vasquez is 28 years old and has one minor league option remaining. That sounds like a perfect match for the Reds - an inexpensive left-handed pitcher with options.

So why should Cincinnati take a flier on Vasquez? One look at his 37.4% strikeout-rate while playing for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate in 2021 should be the only number you need to see.

That's an absurd amount of punch outs, albeit at the minor league level. The left-hander also posted a 61.8% ground ball rate in Triple-A Rochester last season.

The Reds are very short on southpaws at this time. While the front office decided to hang on to Amir Garrett, only he and Justin Wilson offer left-handed relief out of the bullpen.

Adding Vasquez, especially on a minor-league deal, would be a low-risk signing for the Reds.