2. Reds can trade for a starter after missing out on Lucas Giolito
The trade market, outside of Tyler Glasnow, has been rather quiet. Shane Bieber has been linked to the Cincinnati Reds already this offseason, and Dylan Cease is a possibility as well. However, the price tag to acquire a frontline starter is quite astronomical at the moment.
The Los Angeles Dodgers gave up quite a bit in order to trade for Glasnow. The Tampa Bay Rays were also able to offload Manuel Margot's $10-million contract in the process. LA then inked the right-hander to a massive contract extension despite the fact that Glasnow has never thrown over 120 innings in a season.
Bieber comes with some injury concerns. The former Cy Young Award-winner, who'll be a free agent after next season, was placed on the injured list for over two months last season with elbow inflammation. That's never a good sign, and could be a giant red flag.
Cease's price tag is said to be exorbitant at the moment. Will that come down as the offseason continues to unfold? Perhaps. Both the Reds and the Baltimore Orioles represent the most likely landing spots for the Chicago White Sox pitcher due to the depth in their respective farm systems.
There are other pitchers on the trade market as well. Fans assume that one of the Seattle Mariners' young pitchers could be had for the right price, but there haven't been any rumors tying Cincinnati to the M's just yet.
The Reds do have a ton of talented young players down on the farm, but it may be a bit too soon for Nick Krall and Co. to give up on prospects like Edwin Arroyo, Chase Petty, and Cam Collier; all of whom could be involved in a blockbuster trade for a starting pitcher this offseason.