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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3. Reds could sign Marcus Stroman after missing out on Sonny Gray

Marcus Stroman is a name that, for some reason, isn't getting much love throughout Reds Country. Perhaps it's because the right-hander spent the past two seasons pitching for the Chicago Cubs.

But a closer look at Stroman's stats might suggest that he'd be the perfect pitcher to take the mound at Great American Ball Park. Stroman owned 57.4-percent ground ball-rate in 2023, which put him among the 94th percentile according to Baseball Savant.

Stroman has been relatively durable as a starter the past few seasons. While the veteran did suffer through stint on the IL in 2023, Stroman has started 25 or more games and logged over 125 innings pitched the past three seasons.

Marcus Stroman is unlikely to command the same type of contract as Sonny Gray (reportedly three years at $75 million), though the 32-year-old did just opt out of the final year of his deal with the Cubs that would have paid him $21-million in 2024.

But perhaps Stroman is looking for a longer term deal rather than a dramatic increase in the average annual value of the contract. MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Stroman is expected to land a two-year/$44-million deal this offseason.

Though he struggled with command from time to time in 2023, Stroman typically does a very good job of keeping free runners off the base paths - something that haunted the Cincinnati Reds last season.