The Reds should avoid Yankees outfielder Harrison Bader.
Harrison Bader is a free agent to-be and could be on the New York Yankees shortlist of players they'd like to trade at the deadline. The Gold Glove-caliber defense that Bader plays would be a nice addition to the Cincinnati Reds outfield, but there's very little room for Cincinnati to add a position player at this year's trade deadline.
Bader, a former St. Louis Cardinal, was traded to the Yankees last season. Always more glove than bat, Bader has an OPS below .700 this season. While his speed and defense are Bader's calling cards, those two tools won't be enough to help him break into the lineup.
Harrison Bader is a right-handed hitter, which would be a welcome addition to the Reds left-handed hitting dominated outfield of TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Will Benson. But Spencer Steer has been receiving reps in left field of late, and the Reds have the very versatile Nick Senzel as well. Senzel has played all three outfield spots this season.
The Reds also have right-handed hitting options like TJ Hopkins and Stuart Fairchild occupying a spot on the 40-man roster. Both Hopkins and Fairchild are down at Triple-A, but could be recalled if necessary.
With Christian Encarnacion-Strand now in the big leagues, the Cincinnati Reds starting lineup has 10, and sometimes 11, players competing for nine spots. There's no need to add a redundant piece like Harrison Bader to the mix.