The non-tender deadline has come and gone. The Cincinnati Reds decided to part ways with Nick Senzel, Reiver Sanmartin, and Derek Law and the roster now stands at 37.
But other teams made some tough decisions as well which resulted in several talented players becoming free agents.
With three vacancies on the 40-man roster the Reds have plenty of room to make some additions. Which three recently non-tendered players should the Reds should sign immediately?
1. The Reds should sign former Mets RHP Jeff Brigham
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen was the team's biggest asset at times last season. There were also instances when it was the team's biggest weakness. The lack of consistency was due to the increased workload following some slow starts from the rotation.
While the hope is that Cincinnati will address the rotation in some way this offseason, adding some reinforcements to the relief corps is essential as well. After non-tendering Derek Law, the Reds are clearly signally the need for an upgrade in the bullpen.
Jeff Brigham is not afraid to throw strikes. The past two seasons, according to FanGraphs, the right-hander has posted a strikeout-rate above 25-percent. While Brigham's numbers from 2023 aren't the best, the right-hander had a solid showing in 2022.
Unfortunately, it was the home run more than anything else that haunted Brigham last season. The former New York Mets reliever allowed nine balls to leave the yard over the course of 37.2 innings of work. The 2.15 home runs per nine innings pitched is a horrific number, but it's a bit of an outlier.
The Cincinnati Reds need to add relievers this offseason. Jeff Brigham would be a nice place to start. Brigham still has several years of team control and could be used as a middle reliever coming out of the Reds bullpen.