2. The Reds still need to add a frontline starter
Nick Martinez was a nice signing, but that's not going to move the needle. Everyone throughout Major League Baseball expects the Chicago Cubs to make some big moves this offseason and the St. Louis Cardinals have already upgraded their starting rotation.
In a perfect world, the Cincinnati Reds would swing a trade for Dylan Cease. While the leaked trade package from the MLB Winter Meetings was much too high, one can assume that Nick Krall and Chicago White Sox GM Chris Getz at least exchanged some proposals.
Maybe the two clubs laid the groundwork for a potential trade in the coming days. Cease is a bonafide frontline starter and is under team-control for two more seasons. Chicago's right-hander should be Cincinnati's No. 1 trade target moving forward.
If the Reds are unable to work out a deal for Dylan Cease, the club could turn their attention to either Shane Bieber or Tyler Glasnow. While both pitchers come with some level of injury risk, when healthy, Bieber and Glasnow are frontline starters in the big leagues.
A trade package for Bieber or Glasnow should require less prospect capital than if the Reds were to attempt to trade for Cease. Both pitchers, however, will cost more in terms of salary in 2024 and will be free agents after next season.