That's certainly understandable, as Cincinnati was in need of an additional starter last summer after injuries and an increased workload took a toll on the team's rotation and bullpen.
With the Royals having finished in the AL Central basement, one can assume that Singer could be available in a trade this offseason. However, the Reds should think twice before reengaging in trade talks with the Royals.
Brady Singer could be on the Reds' radar this offseason
Brady Singer checks a few boxes in terms of what the Cincinnati Reds are looking for this offseason. The right-hander is just 27 years old and eclipsed 150 innings the past two seasons. Singer did, however, end last season on the IL with a back injury.
Singer's last three seasons have seen the right-hander start 80 games, post a 4.55 ERA and 3.97 FIP. According to FanGraphs, Singer has done a good job of keeping free runners off the base paths with a 7.2-percent walk-rate, while posting a pedestrian strikeout-rate of just 21.7-percent.
With those numbers, Singer could slot right into the backend of the Reds rotation. The former first-round pick is also under team control through the 2026 season.
The Reds should be cautious if they pursue Brady Singer this offseason
However, Brady Singer is little more than a two-pitch pitcher. The right-hander basically throws fastball/ slider combo with a changeup mixed in about six-percent of the time. Does that sound familiar? It should, because that's one of the most glaring weaknesses in Hunter Greene's game at the moment.
For a starting pitcher, that lack of a third offering oftentimes leads to relief role. Pitchers like Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves are the exception to this rule. But Strider, unlike a lot of others, averages over 97 mph on his fastball. Singer's heater sits in the low-90s.
Singer does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, but the University of Florida product also gives up a lot of hard contact. According to Baseball Savant, Singer was among the 82nd percentile in ground ball-rate, but was among the worst in baseball in terms of hard-hit rate.
If the Cincinnati Reds were able to secure Brady Singer for a lower-level minor league prospect or two, it might be worth it. In terms of salary, MLB Trade Rumors predicts Singer will take home $5.1 million in 2024.
If the Reds decide to reengage in trade talks with the Royals this offseason, president of baseball operations Nick Krall should proceed with caution. Singer isn't a bad option, but there are definitely some red flags.