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3 under-the-radar acquisitions that could make some noise for the Reds in 2023

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ian Gibaut (79) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ian Gibaut (79) throws a pitch. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Connor Overton was an under-the-radar acquisition by the Reds.

Have you forgotten about Connor Overton? I would suggest that you keep his name in the back of your mind as the Cincinnati Reds enter the final few weeks of the 2022 season. Overton, who's been out of action since mid-May, is currently on a rehab assignment and will likely be back with the Reds in the next week or so.

Cincinnati has decided to insert Overton into the bullpen upon his return as there's not enough time remaining in the season to stretch the right-hander out. The Reds ran into the same predicament last season when Michael Lorenzen returned from the 60-day IL.

Overton had great success to begin the 2022 season. After being outrighted from the Pittsburgh Pirates roster, Overton signed a minor league pact with the Reds during the offseason. Overton began the season at Triple-A Louisville, but was quickly promoted to the big leagues. In his first four starts, Overton went 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA.

Even though Connor Overton will be part of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen once he returns, that doesn't mean that the rookie will be out of mix to be part of next year's rotation. In fact, he may even have the upper hand over the likes of Justin Dunn, Brandon Williamson, and Levi Stoudt.

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