The Cincinnati Reds seem to be on the cusp of something great after finishing with an 83-79 record during the 2021 MLB season. Reigning Rookie of the Year Jonathan India leads an offense filled with talent and Tyler Mahle's breakout season gives the starting rotation a lot of hope moving forward.
However, the Reds aren't quite there yet. This is a front office that knows it needs to make some big moves in order to keep up with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central division. The latest reports suggest that starting pitcher Sonny Gray is the latest player to be shopped in trade negotiations.
Gray is coming off an up-and-down season in which he finished 7-9 with a 4.19 ERA. Overall, he tossed 155 strikeouts across 135.1 innings pitched and posted a 1.22 WHIP. It's worth pointing out that this is a player that made the All-Star game back in 2019 and owns a career-ERA of just 3.61.
The Reds are caught in a tough financial situation and unloading Gray would help create some flexibility. In fact, the 32-year-old has the most guaranteed money left on his deal of any starting pitcher on the roster. His two years of team control does make him an enticing player for other MLB squads.
The offseason just began and it may be a while until it becomes clear whether or not these rumors have any truth to them. For now, Reds fans will just have to sit back and wait for the updates to pour in before Opening Day comes on March 31.
Cincinnati currently has odds set at +500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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