3 options to bolster the Reds rotation after Lucas Giolito agrees to join the Red Sox

Lucas Giolito is reportedly headed to Boston. With Giolito off the market, how can the Reds bolster their starting rotation?
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (27)
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (27) / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Reds can attack the free agent market after missing out on Lucas Giolito

The Cincinnati Reds have shown that they're unafraid to sign a player from the free agent pool. The Reds have already inked Jeimer Candelario, Nick Martinez, and Emilio Pagán this offseason, and have been mentioned to be targeting other free agents as well.

Lucas Giolito was among the names linked to Cincinnati earlier this offseason. However, after seeing the contract that the right-hander signed with the Boston Red Sox, it would appear the Giolito's asking price was much higher than what the Reds were willing to spend.

The free agent pool is dwindling, and the prices keep going up. The Cincinnati Reds are not the only team looking for starting pitching either. In fact, almost the entire league is looking to upgrade their rotation this offseason.

Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell are still available, but those two southpaws will be out of the Reds' price range. After watching Lucas Giolito secure almost $40 million, Marcus Stroman's asking price is sure to go beyond what Cincinnati is willing to spend as well.

If the Reds re-enter the free agent market, they'll probably be looking for a mid-tier starting pitcher. Michael Lorenzen and Sean Manaea would both fit that bill, and Frankie Montas could be an interesting option as well.

There's still plenty of time left in the offseason if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to add another starting pitcher. But Nick Krall and Reds' front office better act fast, because the floodgates are about to open.