2. Reds RHP Hunter Greene finally realizes his potential
The 2024 season could be a defining moment for Hunter Greene. Is it the year that the former first-round pick takes off and justifies the Reds' massive contract extension? Or will the right-hander continue to struggle with home runs?
Outside of Elly De La Cruz, there isn't a player on the Reds 40-man roster with more raw ability than Greene. If the flamethrower can further develop that third offering over the offseason, Greene's production will skyrocket next season.
The Cincinnati Reds would love for Hunter Greene to show that he's their ace, and he may well be. But signing a high-priced veteran during the offseason would take some of that pressure off while also providing veteran leadership for the young guns.
1. Reds sign LHP Jordan Montgomery in free agency
The free agent market is going to be something to monitor this offseason, and the Cincinnati Reds could be very active. Will Nick Krall be targeting a starter or reliever or both? If the belief is that the bullpen just needs a couple tweaks, then investing heavily in the rotation might be the ticket.
That's where Jordan Montgomery comes in. The left-hander has one major thing going for him and that's the lack of qualifying offer attached to his signing. Blake Snell and Sonny Gray will each require a draft pick to be sacrificed in addition to the massive salary each one is likely to receive.
Jordan Montgomery has been a solid pitcher for several seasons now and has logged 30-plus starts and 150-plus innings the past three seasons. Montgomery also has postseason experience - something that can't be quantified.
With a rotation like this, the Cincinnati Reds would also have the trio of Brandon Williamson, Andrew Abbott, and Connor Phillips on standby down at Triple-A in the event of an injury.
The only real payroll addition would be Montgomery, as Logan Gilbert, Graham Ashcraft, and Nick Lodolo are all pre-arb eligible. With Joey Votto's $25-million off the books, the Reds have money to spend.