3 ways the Reds could boost attendance in 2023 without breaking the bank

Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini speaks about the upcoming season.
Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini speaks about the upcoming season. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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2. Re-sign former Reds players Tucker Barnhart and Adam Duvall.

There are a lot of holes on the Cincinnati Reds roster, but the two most obvious are in the outfield and behind the plate. The Reds outfield was manned by little more than platoon players throughout the entire 2022 season, and once Tyler Stephenson went down with injury, the team was forced to give five different catchers an opportunity to don the tools of ignorance.

The Reds fanbase always longs for the good ole days and hold a special place in their hearts for former players. It just so happens that two players from the Reds' past will be free agents during the offseason. If Cincinnati wanted to boost attendance heading into next season, signing Tucker Barnhart and Adam Duvall would be a good place to start.

The Reds need a veteran backup to Tyler Stephenson. After watching Stephenson hit the IL multiple times in 2022, it's become apparent that suitable backup in necessary. While Barnhart's offensive production was down in 2022, the two-time Gold Glove Award-winner has always been lauded for his defense.

Duvall's 2022 season ended abruptly after a wrist injury required surgery in late-July. Duvall has always played above-average defense and has plenty of power from the right side. The Reds could partner Duvall with the left-handed bats of TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley to form a solid platoon in left field.

With no viable outfielder or catcher coming up through the Cincinnati Reds farm system, the front office will need to look to free agency in order to fill those needs. If attendance is on the minds of the Reds' brass this winter, signing Tucker Barnhart and Adam Duvall could help drum up some fan support for next year's team.