2. Dodgers pitcher Lance Lynn could be on the Reds radar this offseason
About now, you're probably sensing a theme, huh? The Cincinnati Reds need pitching; more specifically, the Reds need starters. While I still maintain the Reds did the right thing not adding at the trade deadline, Nick Krall has to find a way to upgrade the rotation during the offseason.
Reds fans are excited to see the maturation of pitchers like Andrew Abbott, Graham Ashcraft, and others, but as we all saw in 2023, injuries happen. The Opening Day rotation could consist of Abbott, Ashcraft, Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Brandon Williamson. But adding a veteran should be a priority.
Now, after having watched Lance Lynn all season, and especially on Wednesday night, everyone and their brother knows that the right-hander struggled mightily with home runs this past season.
In addition to seeing four balls leave the ballpark against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game 3 of the NLCS, Lynn also surrendered 44 gopher balls in 2023. According to FanGraphs, nearly 20-percent of Lynn's fly balls ended up in the seats.
But prior to this past season, Lynn did not have a huge penchant for allowing homers. Heading into 2023, Lynn had allowed just 0.90 home runs per nine innings. This season, that number jumped to 2.16.
If the Cincinnati Reds think that number is an anomaly, then snagging Lynn on an incentive-laden one-year deal might be worth the risk. At 36 years old and coming off his worst season since 2018, Lynn could be a very inexpensive addition to the Reds starting rotation.