Tyler Glasnow's injury history would give the Reds cause to pause
Trading for Tyler Glasnow is not a slam dunk. In fact, were it not for Glasnow's history of injuries, it's conceivable that he'd already have a new home at this point in the offseason.
But after missing almost all of the 2022 season and part of 2023, teams will unquestionably being doing their due diligence when investigating whether or not to bring Glasnow into their stable of starting pitchers. This is certainly true of the Cincinnati Reds, who saw pitcher after pitcher hit the IL in 2023.
Cincinnati saw Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft all spent time on th 60-day IL last season. In fact, Lodolo and Ashcraft actually ended their 2023 campaign on the injured list.
Glasnow was diagnosed with partial tears in his UCL in 2021 and eventually needed Tommy John surgery. After missing almost all of the 2022 season while recovering from the surgery, Glasnow eventually made it back for a start in September and even appeared in a playoff game for the Rays.
Last season, Tyler Glasnow was expected to join Shane McClanahan at the top of the Tampa Bay rotation, but an oblique strain to begin his 2023 campaign sidelined the right-hander to start the season and limited him to just 21 starts.
Every single pitcher comes with injury risk, but Glasnow's recent setbacks certainly raise a red flag. Could the Cincinnati Reds look past those in order to pull off a deal with the Rays this offseason?