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

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers
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3. Jurickson Profar would be a fine addition to the Reds outfield.

Jurickson Profar might be the type of outfielder who fits exactly what the Cincinnati Reds are looking for. Profar, who can play all over the diamond, turned down his option with the San Diego Padres and is a free agent this offseason.

Profar, according to FanGraphs, has a career-wRC+ of 94, but that number leapt to 111 last season in 152 games with the Friars. Profar slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs last season.

Profar's best position defensively is left field, which one could argue isn't the best for what the Reds actually need. Jake Fraley, Stuart Fairchild, and TJ Friedl are perhaps all better suited for playing left field themselves.

Still, Jurickson Profar should be on the Cincinnati Reds radar. The 29-year-old declined his $7.5M player-option, so you'd think that boh Profar and his agent believe he can get at least $8M in 2023 or land a multi-year contract.

That price might be a bit steep for the Reds, as Tommy Pham, who's arguably a better player, signed for just $6M in 2022. But with so few in-house options for Cincinnati, general manager Nick Krall may be forced to stretch the budget in order to land a quality outfielder.

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