2 Reds needs that must be addressed at the MLB Winter Meetings, 1 that can wait

The MLB Winter Meetings offer Nick Krall a great opportunity to upgrade the roster.

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The Reds need to add a platoon outfielder during the MLB Winter Meetings

There's a lot of talk throughout Reds Country about the team's need to acquire a big bat; preferably a player who hits from the right side and plays the outfield. Now, I'm not going to scoff at that idea. Who wouldn't love to see a Teoscar Hernandez or Jorge Soler in a Cincinnati Reds uniform?

But let's not pretend as if the Reds don't already have some big right-handed hitting bats in the everyday lineup heading into next season. Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Spencer Steer can all easily eclipse 20 home runs playing half their games at Great American Ball Park in 2024.

Let's not forget Noelvi Marte, who could very well be in that conversation as well. Then there's also Elly De La Cruz, who, while he struggled against left-handed pitching, can hit from both sides of the plate.

Nope, the Reds don't need that 20-30 home run per season masher, but rather a platoon outfielder that the club can pair with the left-handed hitting duo of Will Benson and Jake Fraley would be just fine.

Randal Grichuk, Michael A. Taylor, or Adam Duvall (S/O to our friend Alan Cutler at ESPN Radio 1300 WLXG) would all be relatively inexpensive, play above-average defense, and can hit left-handed pitching.

But while the rest of the baseball world is enamored with acquiring starting pitching at this year's MLB Winter Meetings, Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall should find the best right-handed hitting platoon bat available and ink him to a one-year deal.