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Power ratings – free agents who feel like they’re going to end up with the Cincinnati Reds

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The arm in the image above obscures the player’s face, making him somewhat anonymous. His wearing an Oakland A jersey exacerbates his anonymity.

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While the Cincinnati Reds continue their quest to be a MLB team that refuses to even try to win MLB games, free agents have gotten off the board at record rates. Billion dollar shortstops signed elsewhere while the Reds – who did Second worst fWAR production among all MLB teams in 2022 And the Swap out top performer Kyle Farmer for the position – he did nothing but add Kevin Newman.

(Since the start of the 2020 MLB season, 160 MLB players have recorded at least 1,000 PA. With a total of one 1) Of them he has a worse WOBA at the time than Kevin Newman (.266). They just don’t happen to have it and don’t know what to do with it, hmm He sought it and traded for it. I digress.)

Anyway, as it becomes increasingly clear that the Reds won’t be adding players who will help stack up to wins this year, and instead target placeholders to buy more time, here’s our updated mid-December list of players looking to (fit) that mold in the positions. The many where the Reds have obvious holes in the big league roster, b) still incredibly available, c) explain succinctly, tidy.

  1. Chad Bender, OF/IF/UT: Because it cannot be anonymous and play multiple positions at slightly below average rates. Matt Reynolds, poor modern-day guy, despite just telling me the Reds already have Matt Reynolds anyway.
  2. Chris Archer, SP: A built-in starting running back option to help absorb the IP, one that Derek Johnson would probably have been paired with formidable 6-7 years ago but will instead try as he nears 35.
  3. Cole Calhoun, FCO/DH: He hasn’t hit in two years, but he did once! The GABP rebound filter is in something like a Tyler Naquin mold, though it, too, hits to the left like the rest of the already limited options out there. Despite this, the Reds need customers, and for someone who is paid less than Moss to make Moss look worthy of his higher salary.
  4. Dallas Keuchel, SP: At its peak, an absolute ace. Since the start of the 2021 season, 6.35 ERA on 222.2 IP. However, his globe-trotting is epic when he’s right and he’ll be looking for an opportunity to prove he still has it at the age of 35.
  5. Andrew McCutcheon, OF/DH: Honestly, he’d be higher on this list if I didn’t think he’s still too good to pass up for the Reds’ 70-win team. Since then, I think he would end up 4th/5th with a better team instead of 3rd/4th with the Reds. That’s what I’d do in his situation, I guess, because I’m sitting here assuming I had any idea what I’d do with over $123 million in career earnings and the ability to crush bad guys.
  6. Will Myers, OF/DH: He doesn’t use gloves when batting, which is cool. He’s from North Carolina, and he’s kind of close to being almost in the country of the Reds.
  7. Daniel Norris, LHP: The Red Devils need a left-handed assist in a massive way, and Norris’ history as a junior means he can help soak up some IPs too. His history as a potential high school star in Tennessee when Johnson was a ‘beloved’ across the state in Nashville means there’s likely a familiarity there as well, a stretch that seems like I’m just making it here, but maybe, just maybe, he actually is. TRUE .
  8. Touki Toussaint, RHP: The former commitment and first-round pick at only 26 years old, Vandy is yet another who would be higher on this list if I didn’t feel like he could still get a newer gig. However, the Reds may be their best returner to the Stars as a starter again.
  9. Ben Jamil, Oregon: I omitted him in my initial summary of current free agents and when I read for the fifth time and saw “Ben Jameel” there on the list, I felt like Ben Jamil would definitely be the player signed this winter, right? is not it?
  10. Luke Williams, IF/OF: Luke Williams has 2 mates in the league and I’ve never heard of him.

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