3 Free Agents the Reds Should Sign This MLB Offseason

By Paul Shapiro
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The Cincinnati Reds haven't ended a season with a record above .500 in more than half a decade now. Finishing 75-87 last season, with the least runs scored in the NL Central, the Reds' biggest need seems to be improving a weak offense.

With that in mind, here are three free agents Cincinnati should consider signing this MLB offseason.

1. Marcell Ozuna, Outfield

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The Reds have come out and said that they're looking to improve their outfield and Marcell Ozuna is arguably the top outfielder available after he rejected the Cardinals’ qualifying offer earlier this week. Ozuna, who was one of the few bright spots at the plate for Cincinnati's division rival this past season, would be a great fit for the Reds. Adding close to 30 home runs and 100 RBI while taking him away from a team you play almost 20 times a season makes a lot of sense for Cincy.

2. Nicholas Castellanos, Outfield/Corner Infield

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If the Reds miss out on Ozuna, signing an outfielder away from another division rival could be their next best move. Nicholas Castellanos, who spent the last 51 games of the season with the Chicago Cubs, has proven he can hit no matter what uniform he's wearing. He had an excellent 2019 season split between the Detroit Tigers and Cubs, slashing .289/.337/.525 with an MLB-best 58 doubles, 27 homers and 73 RBI on the year. Adding that kind of production to a lineup that seemingly needs a new No. 3 hitter could help move the Reds in the right direction in 2020.

3. Didi Gregorius, Shortstop

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Didi Gregorius might not be the player that sits atop the Reds' wish list, but signing someone like Didi would be an excellent way to infuse power into the team's lineup. Since 2016, Gregorius has been one of the better offensive shortstops in baseball, averaging 22 homers and 88 RBI per season to go along with a .778 OPS over that span. If signed, Gregorius would provide a huge upgrade at a premium position for Cincinnati.

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