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3 Players the Reds Need to Sign When Free Agency Opens on Thursday

Larry Rupp
Three players the Cincinnati Reds need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday.
Three players the Cincinnati Reds need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday. / AP Photos/David Zalubowski
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The Cincinnati Reds entered a rebuilding phase when they shipped off Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez last offseason. Since that point, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Tyler Naquin and Tommy Pham have all been traded as well. A 62-100 record in 2022 goes to show that Cincinnati is ready to start over.

The front office has a chance to considerably shake up this roster given that the Reds have the 10th-lowest 2023 payroll right now. The only question that remains is whether or not they will swing for the fences or add lower-tier pros. Here's a look at three players Cincinnati needs to sign in free agency.

Cincinnati Reds Free Agency

1. Adam Duvall, OF

The Reds' outfield is a mess right now as the 2023 projected starters are Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino and TJ Friedl. None of those players inspire much hope at the plate or in the field. A right-handed bat to pair with Friedl in a platoon is likely what Cincinnati is looking for here. Adam Duvall is an underrated target considering his experience playing at Great American Ball Park. The 34-year-old spent three and a half seasons with the Reds before being traded in 2018, topping 30 homers twice during that span. While his production took a tumble in 2022, Duvall proved he still has some pop with 12 home runs and 16 doubles in just 86 games. A one-year deal for the former All-Star makes sense in this situation.

2. Robinson Chirinos, C

Cincinnati has seemingly found its catcher of the future in Tyler Stephenson. The only problem is that he has been unable to stay healthy early on in his career, playing just 50 games in 2022. Finding a veteran capable of stepping in every few days to keep Stephenson fresh is going to be vital, especially with Austin Romine hitting free agency. Robinson Chirinos is a cheap, but valuable option. The 11-year veteran played 67 games for the up-and-coming Baltimore Orioles last season and is still praised as an above-average pitch framer. While the 38-year-old doesn't offer much offensively, he's still a solid backup option.

3. Michael Fulmer, RP

The 2022 season was one to forget for Cincinnati relievers. The Reds tied for the second-worst bullpen ERA in MLB (4.72) and lacked an arm capable of going multiple innings in relief. Michael Fulmer could take on that role and is only 29 years old, which means signing him to a multi-year deal would be within the realm of possibilities. Fulmer has compiled a 3.17 ERA with a 3.51 FIP over his last two seasons while averaging a strikeout per inning, establishing himself as a reliable relief option. Alexis Diaz is locked into the closer role for Cincinnati in 2023, but Fulmer could prove to be a valuable setup man for the Reds.

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