Chicago Cubs: Three potential landing spots for Kyle Schwarber

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 16: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a three run home run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 16: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a three run home run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Reds

Last year, the Cincinnati Reds crawled into the expanded postseason on the backs of elite pitching, mostly led by star Trevor Bauer. The Reds finished first in the NL in strikeouts with 615 and third in team ERA (3.89). As a result, Cincinnati finished 31-29, earning a Wild Card spot and the seventh seed in the NL bracket.

The only thing holding the Reds back in 2020 was a dismal performance at the plate. Cincinnati ranked second-to-last in the NL with 4.05 runs scored per game. The team’s .212 batting average ranked dead last in all of baseball.

Bringing on Kyle Schwarber would be a good start to turning around the Reds offense. Despite the Reds’ offensive struggles, Great American Ball Park is considered a hitter-friendly park. In 2020, the Reds still ranked seventh in the MLB in team home runs.

Last season, Schwarber hit 11 home runs in 59 games, in what was considered a down year at the plate. His power bat would surely play well at Great American Ball Park.

One factor that may delay the Reds going after a big bat like Schwarber’s is the lack of clarity on the DH rule. The league’s front office has yet to make any formal decision or offer any insight, into using the DH with NL teams moving forward. As we continue to wait for a concrete decision, this puts the 15 NL teams at a serious disadvantage this offseason.

Heading into the offseason, the Reds offered star pitcher Bauer a qualifying offer. Although Bauer rejected the offer, there’s still potential for the Reds to bring him back for a max contract. Offering Bauer a max contract limits the Reds’ spending abilities, however, reunites one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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If Cincinnati can reestablish its rotation by bringing Bauer back, and then adds one or two quality bats like Schwarber, this makes for a dangerous team in 2021.