3 Orioles players who could be on the Reds radar this offseason

The Orioles have a few free agents and some potential trade pieces that could interest the Reds.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kyle Gibson
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kyle Gibson / Bob Levey/GettyImages
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3. Orioles outfielder Aaron Hicks could be on the Reds radar this offseason

Did the New York Yankees give up on Aaron Hicks too soon? Hicks was designated for assignment by the Bronx Bombers earlier this season and then signed to a minor-league contract by the Baltimore Orioles in late-May.

After Cedric Mullins went down with an injury, the O's turned to Hicks to help fill the void in the outfield. In 65 games with Baltimore this season, Hicks posted a .275/.381/.425 slash line with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and an OPS+ of 127.

Many Reds fans are advocating for the organization to add a right-handed hitting outfielder this offseason to help compliment the left-handed hitting trio of TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Will Benson. Nick Senzel is under team-control for next season as well, but could be traded or non-tendered this winter.

Aaron Hicks is a switch-hitter, but his splits show a sharp increase in production against left-handed pitching. Hicks hit .349/.446/.524 against southpaws in 2023. For his career, Hicks has a .758 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

Historically a centerfielder throughout his career, Hicks can play all three outfield spots. If the Cincinnati Reds are looking for a veteran bat to platoon in the outfield next season, Hicks is a name to watch on the free agent market.

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