Reds rumored interest in this pitcher could help solidify 2024 starting rotation

According to sources, the Reds remain interested in one of the top international free agents.
World Baseball Classic Quarterfinals: Australia v Cuba
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According to contributor Francys Romero, the Cincinnati Reds remain interested in Cuban right-hander Yariel Rodriguez.

Romero also cited the Boston Red Sox as a potential suitor for the 26-year-old as well. Last week, Romero mentioned that the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays will be part of the bidding as well.

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the Reds were one of many teams who were present at Rodriguez's throwing session in early-October. Securing Rodriguez would help to solidify Cincinnati's starting rotation.

Reds rumors: Cincinnati remains interested in RHP Yariel Rodriguez

Yariel Rodriguez did not pitch last season after playing for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball from 2020-2022. Rodriguez is a free agent and does not require a posting fee.

Adding Rodriguez would be a best-case scenario for the Cincinnati Reds. During his three seasons in NPB, Rodriguez combined to go 10-10 with a 3.03 ERA. Rodriguez has been a reliever overseas, but he's expected to receive an opportunity to start when he debuts states-side.

Rodriguez was part of Team Cuba's starting rotation during the World Baseball Classic and could be used much like Nick Martinez - a swingman with the ability to work as a starter or reliever.

Signing Yariel Rodriguez would allow the Cincinnati Reds to develop their young core of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Andrew Abbott while also keeping the door open for pitchers like Connor Phillips and Chase Petty to join the rotation.

If Rodriguez has success as a starter, he could be slotted right in the middle of the Reds rotation. If he struggles, a move to the bullpen may be in order, and one of the talented young pitchers could take his place.

Yariel Rodriguez will be a name to monitor in the coming days. While he doesn't offer the same type of track record as a Shane Bieber or Dylan Cease, Rodriguez offers plenty of upside for a team like the Reds who are looking to add more pieces to their pitching staff.