2. Twins pitcher Sonny Gray could be on the Reds radar this offseason
Okay, we're going there. Yes, the Cincinnati Reds should consider bringing Sonny Gray back to the Queen City this offseason. However, Reds fans need to understand that Gray is not going to come cheap.
The Reds shipped Gray out of town when the right-hander was slated to make $10-million heading into the 2022 season. Go ahead and double that number as Gray heads into free agency this winter. Gray is also likely to have a qualifying offer attached to his signing.
The starting pitching ranks are very thin this offseason. Fans saw how steep the price was for starting pitching at the trade deadline. Expect more of the same once free agncy begins. While there's Shohei Ohtani and then everybody else, Gray is one of the five best starters likely to be available this winter.
But after a season in which he's likely to finish in the Top 5 for the AL Cy Young Award, Gray is sure to cash in. Look for the former Reds hurler to sign a three-to-four year worth at least $20-million per season. Is Gray, at almost 34 years old, worth the largest free agent contract in Reds history?
I'm going to say no, but that doesn't mean that Cincinnati shouldn't at least kick the tires on a potential reunion with the three-time All-Star. Gray was 8-8 this season with a 2.79 ERA and 2.83 FIP while allowing a league-best 0.39 home runs per nine innings pitched.