3 Reds free agent targets who are likely to have Qualifying Offer attached to signing

Will the Reds target a player that has rejected a Qualifying Offer?
Seattle Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez
Seattle Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez / Ron Jenkins/GettyImages
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3. The Reds could target Teoscar Hernandez in free agency

Teoscar Hernandez is another name that many within the Cincinnati Reds fanbase are clamoring for this offseason. There's a growing desire throughout Reds Country to see the front office find a right-handed hitting slugger this winter.

And there's certainly merit to the idea. Though Will Benson and Jake Fraley both had success last season, the majority of their damage came against right-handed pitching. Adding a right-handed bat to help balance out the Reds lineup is certainly something to consider.

Hernandez didn't have the best year for the Seattle Mariners in 2023, but his services will still be coveted this winter. Hernandez is arguably the best power-hitting outfielder on the open market, and the M's are likely to extend a Qualifying Offer to the 31-year-old.

Hernandez has massive pop in his bat, but there's a lot of swing and miss as well. Hernandez posted a 31.1-percent strikeout-rate in 2023 which ranked among the worst in Major League Baseball according to Baseball Savant.

Signing Teoscar Hernandez is certainly a possibility. But if the Cincinnati Reds doled out a huge contract to a right-handed hitting outfielder, he's sure to be a regular in David Bell's lineup, not a platoon option. That doesn't seem to fit this Reds roster as currently constructed.

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