1 sneaky move the Reds could make at the MLB Winter Meetings that would excite fans

Could the Reds front office turn their attention away from starting pitching?

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Randal Grichuk
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Randal Grichuk / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

It seems like most of the focus throughout Reds Country this offseason has centered around improving the starting rotation. And while there's nothing wrong with that, Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall would do well to broaden his scope heading into the MLB Winter Meetings this week.

While most of the Reds' fanbase feels rather confident about the team's starting lineup heading into 2024, there are some holes. Both Joey Votto and Nick Senzel are free agents, and though their production was down in 2023, that's still over 500 at-bats that will need to be filled.

The infield appears to be set, if not overcrowded. But there's certainly room for improvement in the outfield. What's one sneaky move the Cincinnati Reds could make at the MLB Winter Meetings that could excite the fanbase?

Adding a right-handed hitting OF would excite the Reds fanbase

Since the 2023 season ended, all the talk throughout Major League Baseball has centered around pitching; more specifically, starting pitching. But very little attention has been paid to the position player market.

And that's an area where the Cincinnati Reds could make a sneaky-good addition during the MLB Winter Meetings. Snagging a right-handed hitting outfielder would put this Reds team in very good shape heading into Goodyear, Arizona next spring.

Names like Jorge Soler and Teoscar Hernandez have been tossed about the fanbase, and there's nothing wrong with those two players. But a name to keep an eye on is Randal Grichuk.

Grichuck played for the Los Angeles Angels last season and hit .267/.321/.459 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI. According to FanGraphs, Grichuk posted a slash line of .328/.388/.607 with a wRC+ of 155 against left-handed pitching in 2023. For his career, Grichuk has an OPS of .822 against southpaws.

It's unlikely that Jake Fraley or Will Benson will be getting at-bats against left-handed pitchers next season. It would be very unwise for the Reds to head into 2024 with Stuart Fairchild as David Bell's best option to platoon with either Fraley or Benson in right field.

One of the best moves the Cincinnati Reds could make at the upcoming MLB Winter Meetings is to zig while everyone else is zagging. Rather than signing or trading for a starting pitcher, adding a right-handed hitting outfielder would be a terrific addition for the Reds.