When the Reds entered the offseason last year, their big focus was improving their starting pitching and they netted three starters through trades: Tanner Roark, Alex Wood and Sonny Gray.
As all 30 teams meet at the General Managers Meetings at the Omni Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Reds aren’t hiding the fact that they need to improve their offense. They have flexibility for where newly-acquired hitters could play in the field, but the 2019 season was a step back offensively.
The Reds hit 55 more home runs than they did in 2018, but they scored only five more runs. They ranked 12th in the National League in on-base percentage (.315) after they were fourth in 2018 (.328).
“We didn’t have a consistent offense,” general manager Nick Krall said. “That was a big deal for us. It’s not like we lost games at the very end and we blew a game. We lost games 4-3 and we didn’t score enough runs to win the game.”
The Reds are expected to make a push for catcher Yasmani Grandal, one of the top hitting catchers in the league. He had a .380 OBP with 28 homers and 77 RBI in 153 games with the Milwaukee Brewers this year.