Are you sure the Cincinnati Reds aren't going to add another catcher this offseason? While it's assumed that Tyler Stephenson and Luke Maile will be the tandem hanging the signs behind the plate, Reds fans thought the team had enough infielders until a week ago.
Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall seems to zig when everyone else is zagging. Krall stockpiled shortstops in the minor leagues for the better part of two years, and now Noelvi Marte, Matt McLain, and Elly De La Cruz look to be key fixtures in the Reds lineup moving forward.
So while it may seem a little odd to even be discussing the catcher market while so many fans throughout Reds Country are looking to see when Cincinnati will sign a starting pitcher, who could be available on the open market.
1. Reds could sign free agent catcher Chuckie Robinson
Let's start with the most obvious one to begin with, shall we? The Cincinnati Reds allowed Chuckie Robinson to enter free agency this winter. After spending some time with the big league club in 2022, Robinson spent his entire 2023 campaign at Triple-A Louisville.
Robinson is an athletic backstop who is able to hold his own defensively and also showed plenty of pop in the minor leagues last season. After receiving a cup of coffee with the Redlegs a year ago, Robinson added some power his repertoire.
Last season with the Louisville Bats, Robinson kept his strikeout-rate below 20-percent while also slashing .290/.356/.450 with 13 home runs and 74 RBI. Robinson also exhibited a little bit of speed on the base paths and tallied seven stolen bases.
Chuckie Robinson was originally drafted by the Houston Astros, but came to Cincinnati in the minor league phase of the 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Currently a free agent, the Reds could reach out to Robinson in hopes of brining him back into the fold. Would a minor league contract get the job done, or will Robinson be looking for a big league deal this time?