The Reds won't be looking for a long-term commitment
This could be the deciding factor between whether or not the Cincinnati Reds reunite with Sonny Gray. Quite frankly, this could dictate the Reds' entire offseason plans when it comes to addressing the team's starting rotation.
Do the Reds, who have a boatload of young and talented pitching prospects, want to make a long-term investment this offseason? While every Reds fan would love to see a veteran or two added this offseason, it's doubtful those same fans want to see some of the young talent stuck in the minors.
Heading into next season, if heathy, Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, and Nick Lodolo will unquestionably be part of the Reds rotation. Add Brandon Williamson, Connor Phillips, and Andrew Abbott, and Cincinnati is already sitting at six pichers for five spots.
Now, baseball fans know that pitching depth is crucial. It was on full-display for the Cincinnati faithful this season. Of the five pitchers who broke camp as part of the team's starting rotation, only one (Greene) ended the season on the active roster.
But rather than pursuing a pitcher like Sonny Gray who'll be looking for a three or four-year deal, the Cincinnati Reds may be looking to players like Alex Wood, Lucas Giolito, or Jack Flaherty who could be looking to re-establish their value by signing a one-year prove it deal and re-enter free ageny after 2024.