3 high-priced alternatives the Reds could sign after missing out on Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray has reportedly signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Reds could sign Seth Lugo after missing out on Sonny Gray

Seth Lugo is a pitcher who's receiving a ton of interest on the free agent market. According to FanSided's Robert Murray, at least half of the teams in Major League Baseball have checked in on Lugo this winter.

Lugo would be a nice fit for a Cincinnati Reds team that's looking for a middle-of-the-rotation starter. The upside, however, with a pitcher like Lugo is that he also has experience coming out of the bullpen. Lugo appeared in over 100 games from 2021-2022 as a reliever.

If the price is right, Lugo could be that perfect hybrid pitcher that allows Reds manager David Bell to piggyback some of his young starters like Connor Phillips and Brandon Williamson.

The Reds have six viable starting pitchers already on the roster. Phillips and Williamson, along with Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Andrew Abbott, and Graham Ashcraft would all appear to be solid options to be part of the Reds rotation in 2024.

Seth Lugo's experience as a starter and reliever could help the Cincinnati Reds in 2024 and into the future. If the young crop of Reds hurlers prove that they've got what it takes to be part of the rotation, then Lugo could be shifted into a relief role.

However, if one or more of Cincinnati's young pitchers struggles to gain a foothold in the majors, Lugo could step in as a solid piece of the Reds rotation. Adding Lugo would be a tremendous addition to the Reds roster.