3 under-the-radar contract extensions the Reds should consider

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims (39
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims (39 / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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2. The Reds should consider offering Lucas Sims a contract extension.

There's bound to be a little hesitation on the part of the Cincinnati Reds front office to sign Lucas Sims to a contract extension after missing most of the 2022 season due to a back injury. But from we've seen in 2023, it looks like the Lucas Sims of old.

Sims has been putting up zeroes in 2023. Literally, the 29-year-old has yet to allow a run so far this season. Sims owns a 0.00 ERA in nine appearances out of the Reds bullpen. The right-hander has 10 punch outs over 8.1 innings of work and a 0.720 WHIP.

Sims' performance thus far is eerily reminiscent of his 2020 performance where he racked up 34 strikeouts in 25.2 innings of work with a 0.935 WHIP. From 2019 - 2021, Sims had an ERA+ of 117 and 3.69 FIP.

Lucas Sims is under team control for just one more season and will become a free agent after the 2024 campaign. He's currently signed for just under $1.3-million. A three-year contract extension that would keep Sims in the Queen City through his age 32 season would be mutually beneficial for both parties.

Outside of Alexis Diaz, the Reds don't have many arms in the bullpen they can trust. If there are injury concerns on the part of the Cincinnati Reds, these contract extensions can always include incentives that allow the player to gain more money for hitting certain criteria while also keeping the base salary low in the event of a prolonged stint on the IL.