Cincinnati Reds: Three moves for the offseason

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 28, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 8-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 28, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 8-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Roberto Osuna

With Raisel Iglesias having been dealt to the Angels, the Cincinnati Reds will need a new closer. Roberto Osuna could be a bargain.

Osuna had established himself as one of the best young closers in the game. Although he will be just 26 years old before the start of the 2021 season, he has notched 155 saves, and has three seasons with over 35 saves. He could still be a key piece in the bullpen for years to come.

However, there are concerns when it comes to Osuna. He had been suspended for 75 games due to violating the league’s domestic violence policy in 2018. Osuna also lasted just four games last season before elbow issues caused him to miss the rest of the season. While he is throwing once again, there is concern that he could eventually need Tommy John surgery.

But Osuna would not be just a one year gamble. He still has one more year of team control left through arbitration, and could be a bargain for the upcoming season. Although the Reds are rebuilding, Osuna, if healthy, could be a part of the answer for the long term.

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The Cincinnati Reds will have plenty of holes if their rebuilding plans occur. Those three free agents could help fill the gaps and accelerate the timeline.