Reds common supervisor Nick Krall just lately mentioned the staff’s pitching outlook for 2021 with reporters (including Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The baseball-operations head stated he wouldn’t rule out a reunion with prime free agent Trevor Bauer however reiterated that the events “haven’t actually had substantial conversations” thus far.
Ought to Bauer depart, the Reds haven’t any scarcity of arms who may compete for rotation spots behind Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle and Wade Miley. Not too long ago-acquired Jeff Hoffman may very well be in that blend, as are Tejay Antone and Michael Lorenzen. Krall additionally pointed to former prime prospect José De León, who struggled in 5 reduction appearances final season however noticed his velocity spike into the mid-90’s and stays on the 40-man roster. Brandon Bailey, acquired from the Astros final week, additionally has beginning expertise within the minors however is seen as extra of a bullpen possibility for Cincinnati, Krall stated.
In fact, there’s additionally been some dialogue of a doable Grey commerce. Krall didn’t deny studies the group is listening to offers on Grey. He did, nonetheless, downplay the importance, suggesting these discussions had been principally due diligence. It actually stays doable one other staff bowls the Reds over with a proposal within the coming months, however Nightengale suggests the most definitely end result is that Grey stays put into subsequent season.