But, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, a source said that the Reds were involved in discussions with Gray and were close to a deal before the right-hander eventually decided to sign with Cincinnati's arch rival.
Sheldon also noted that Cincinnati has interest in trading for Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow. There've been whispers throughout the offseason that Glasnow will be moved, but these latest Reds rumors indicate Cincinnati could be targeting the towering right-handed hurler.
Reds rumors: Cincinnati pursued Sonny Gray, have interest in Tyler Glasnow
These latest Reds rumors suggest one thing - the Cincinnati Reds are pursuing a big-name starter to join their rotation this offseason.
While several fans throughout Reds Country have been, and likely still are, skeptical that Bob Castellini and the Cincinnati ownership will open up their wallets this winter, these latest rumors convey a different message entirely.
Trying to swing for the fences and land Tyler Glasnow will cost the Reds some prospect capital and a hefty salary. The Rays aren't going to let Glasnow go for free, and the 30-year-old is owed $25 million in 2024 before becoming a free agent after next season.
But, if these latest Reds rumors are correct, and Cincinnati was looking to sign Sonny Gray, that shows the club was willing to sacrifice one of next year's draft picks. Signing Gray, who rejected a Qualifying Offer, will cost the Cardinals a draft pick in the 2024 MLB Draft.
While missing out on Gray is a bit depressing, the Cincinnati faithful should take solace in the fact that the Reds are actually looking to spend money this offseason. There are plenty of big names left in free agency and in the trade market.
Don't be shocked if names like Dylan Cease, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Marcus Stroman begin to emerge in future Reds rumors.