As the offseason has progressed, the NL Central is looking more and more like the toughest group in baseball.
The Cincinnati Reds, who have not had a winning record since 2013, are looking to challenge their NL Central rivals by going after two of the top free agents on the market in AJ Pollock
Reds are among teams pursuing AJ Pollock and Dallas Keuchel— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2018
The Reds have quietly been developing some great young players in the past few years, and with Joey Votto on the back nine of his career, Cincinnati is looking to take advantage of whatever he has left by filling some holes and going for it in 2019.
One spot that has recently opened up is center field, after the Reds cut ties with long-time outfielder Billy Hamilton.
In the week since the Reds cut loose Billy Hamilton, they have been active in their search for outfield help.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 6, 2018
Pollock would certainly be an upgrade in that position, and Keuchel would immediately become the ace of a pitching staff highlighted by Luis Castillo and Matt Harvey, among the worst in baseball last season.
The Reds are certainly not guaranteed to land either of these stars, as they have drawn interest from other teams that are closer to contention like the Braves and Mets. However, if Cincinnati does manage to lure them and add a few more arms, they could catapult themselves into the running for a playoff spot in 2019.