2 starters the Reds could sign to a one-year deal, and 1 to avoid altogether

Rather than signing a starter for multiple seasons, the Reds may prefer to ink a pitcher to a one-year pact.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Michael Lorenzen
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The Reds should avoiding signing Jack Flaherty to a one-year deal

Jack Flaherty was one of the best pitchers in the game several years back. But injuries have turned Flaherty's career upside down. Flaherty suffered an oblique injury in 2021 and battled through a shoulder issue as well.

That should injury carried over into 2022 and the right-hander was sidelined for almost the entire season. Flaherty entered his final year of arbitration last season, and rather than lose him for nothing in free agency, the St. Louis Cardinals traded the right-hander at last year's trade deadline.

After making the switch to the Baltimore Orioles, Flaherty saw a mix of starts and relief appearances. In total, Flaherty logged 144.1 innings and posted a 4.99 ERA and posted a walk-rate above 10-percent.

Flaherty allowed 17 balls to leave the yard in 2023, but according to Baseball Savant, that number would've been 28 at Great American Ball Park based on expected home runs by park.

Jack Flaherty grew up in California and there are rumors about the right-hander wanting to return to his home state. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who need pitching in the worst way, would seem like a logical destination for the former Cardinals starter.

The Cincinnati Reds should be kicking the tires on almost every free agent available this winter, but Flaherty is not the answer. For the Reds sake, hopefully president of baseball operations avoids signing Flaherty to a one-year deal.

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