3. The Reds should sign former Padres LHP Tim Hill
The San Diego Padres were active at the non-tender deadline on Friday. The Friars traded Scott Barlow and also parted ways with longtime catcher Austin Nola and left-handed reliever Tim Hill. The southpaw is not your traditional relief pitcher.
Hill is a side-arm slinger. The 33-year-old, who's also played for the Kansas City Royals, has a nontraditional delivery and Hill is not going to get a lot of swings and misses. Instead, the left-hander relies on weak contact.
According to Baseball Savant, Hill's heater averages just 89.6 mph, which placed among among the sixth-percentile in the league. But velocity has never been the key to getting outs for Hill. The lefty kept the ball on the ground in 2023 and the kept free runners off the base paths.
Hill posted a ground ball-rate of 63.5-percent and a walk-rate of 6.9-percent. Several Reds relievers, including two of their best (Lucas Sims and Alexis Diaz), would get a bit careless at times and walk too many batters.
Despite the fact he was going to miss most of the 2024, the Cincinnati Reds do lose some left-handed depth in the bullpen by non-tendering Reiver Sanmartin. While Sam Moll was affective, Alex Young had reverse splits.
Adding another left-handed reliever should be a priority for the Reds' front office this winter, and Tim Hill represents a terrific upgrade for the Cincinnati bullpen.