3 free agent outfielders the Reds should target during the MLB Winter Meetings

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers
San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers / Denis Poroy/GettyImages
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2. Wil Myers would bring power to the Reds outfield.

Without Aristides Aquino in the lineup, the Cincinnati Reds lack a power presence in the outfield. While Aquino's bat was not much of a threat last season, if opposing pitchers grooved a fastball over the plate, it was likely to end up in the left field bleachers.

The current crop of outfielders have some power, but the trio of Stuart Fairchild, Jake Fraley, and TJ Friedl aren't going to scare too many opposing pitchers. However, if the Reds were to add Wil Myers to the lineup, that narrative changes.

Unless you consider Joey Votto a power-hitter, which at this stage of his career, he is not, then Cincinnati is void of power in the lineup, especially from the right side. For his career, Myers has slashed .354/.329/.442 with 153 home runs.

Myers had a terrific slash line in the abbreviated 2020 season, but came back to earth a little bit in 2021 and 2022. Still, over the last three seasons, Myers has posted an OPS+ of 122. The North Carolina is also an above-average right fielder and can also play first base.

Wil Myers, at one time, signed the largest contract in San Diego Padres' history. But the Friars turned down Myers' $20M team-option for the 2023 season. Myers could be a back-up option for those teams that miss out on Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto, and Mitch Haniger.

If Myers doesn't get the multi-year deal he's likely seeking, perhaps the Cincinnati Reds could swoop in like they did with Nick Castellanos prior to the 2020 season. Myers might be too pricey for the budget-conscience Reds' front office.