Should the Reds take a flier on this familiar face?

A former member of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen was just designated for assignment.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Amir Garrett
Kansas City Royals pitcher Amir Garrett / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
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By now, every Reds fan knows that one of Cincinnati's biggest weakness in an otherwise strong bullpen is the team's lack of left-handed relief.

In fact, the Cincinnati Reds lone left-handed reliever (Alex Young) has reverse splits. To make matters worse, there isn't much hope for relief in the team's farm system. Evan Kravetz is the only left-handed reliever on the Louisville Bats roster.

Kravetz dominated in 17 relief appearances at Double-A before being bumped to Triple-A Louisville, and has made one relief appearance and one start. Kravetz adds very little and Reiver Sanmartin is still on the 60-day IL. However, there may be an answer to the Reds lack of left-handed relief.

Should the Reds take a flier on former pitcher Amir Garrett?

The Kansas City Royals have heard the Cincinnati Reds cries for help and gave them an opportunity to fill their lack of a left-hander in the bullpen. Kansas City designated Amir Garrett for assignment, meaning that the former Reds reliever is available.

Garrett would be a solid option for the Redlegs, as adding the southpaw wouldn't cost the team anything in terms of prospects. While Garrett certainly has his flaws, for a contending team like the Reds, securing AG's services offers an inexpensive option to fill one of Cincinnati's biggest needs.

Garrett is a fiery character who plays with emotion and has been known to antagonize opposing batters from time to time. Unfortunately, however, those antics may be the least of Garrett's worries, as his walks per nine innings of 7.4 is the highest of his career.

Despite that, Garrett has maintained a 3.33 ERA and, according to FanGraphs, his 25-percent strikout-rate is in line with his career-average (26.4 percent).

Amir Garrett represents a low-risk option for the Cincinnati Reds. The 31-year-old is only signed through the remainder of the season, and Cincinnati would only owe approximately half of his $2.65-million salary.

If Cincinnati were going to look at adding a left-handed reliever via trade, a prospect or two would have to be on the chopping block. While not a blockbuster addition to the Reds bullpen, Garrett fills a need without sacrificing a top prospect. It's definitely something the Reds front office should consider.

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