Let's give Nick Krall a little credit, shall we? The Cincinnati Reds front office has been criticized for their offseason trades that saw Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, Sonny Gray, and Amir Garrett dealt prior to the 2022 season.
But there have been some positive signs from those deals. Both Connor Phillips and Chase Petty have been pitching very well in the minor leagues, and the Reds are hopeful to have Justin Dunn returning to the roster in the near future as well.
But let's focus on some of the Reds' offseason free agent signings. Hunter Strickland hasn't lived up to the billing and Donovan Solano is just getting back on the field after spending the first two months on the IL.
However, it's been those under-the-radar signings like Brandon Drury who've been the story so far this season. But which offseason acquisitions might actually make an impact on the Cincinnati Reds roster beyond just the 2022 season?
1. Reds IF Matt Reynolds can contribute beyond the 2022 season.
Matt Reynolds is the definition of a journeyman baseball player. After a college career at the University of Arkansas, Reynolds was selected in the second-round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets.
Reynolds made his major league debut with the Mets in 2016 and was yo-yo'd up and down between the big leagues and Triple-A during his first two seasons. Reynolds was designated for assignment after the 2017 season and eventually traded to the Washington Nationals.
Reynolds played in just 12 games for the Nats and then, between 2019 and 2021, the infielder bounced between the Kanas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and the New York Mets for a second time. Finally, Reynolds was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds this past April, and the 31-year-old has been a solid contributor to David Bell's squad this season.
Matt Reynolds may not have any minor league options remaining, but the Oklahoma native is pre-arbitration eligible and won't become a free agent until after the 2026 season. Though a bit long in the tooth, Reynolds is a serviceable utility player who's veteran presence could be nice addition to what's likely to be a very young Reds team in 2023.