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Reds may not be done adding to roster

Center field, bullpen depth remain as upgrade possibilities
January 24, 2019

CINCINNATI -- The Reds addressed their rotation needs with three trades this offseason, including Monday's acquisition and extension of Sonny Gray from the Yankees. With Spring Training just around the corner and opening on Feb. 12, the front office isn't quite done trying to make improvements.President of baseball operations Dick

CINCINNATI -- The Reds addressed their rotation needs with three trades this offseason, including Monday's acquisition and extension of Sonny Gray from the Yankees. With Spring Training just around the corner and opening on Feb. 12, the front office isn't quite done trying to make improvements.
President of baseball operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall remain engaged with agents and clubs about players. There could still be moves made for position players and more pitchers.
"We feel like we've hit a lot of the core needs, and now it's going to depend more on finding the right value," Williams said. "I just mean the most impact for the least amount of outlay. When I say look for the most value, the less we spend, the more we can keep doing."
Williams was coy about which areas or players the Reds are still targeting. There remains an opening in center field, and Cincinnati could also make tweaks to its bullpen.

But if there were no more significant moves made before camp begins, Williams said he would feel good about the team currently in place.
"You never feel satisfied, but we feel a lot better at this point than we have in a while, recent years," Williams said. "A lot of our projection models and the ones that are publicly available have this being a very tight division right now with a lot of talented teams. We feel like, right now, that we're very comfortably in the mix. It's a good place to be."
The Reds lack a true center fielder, and the free-agent market is not robust with choices. The best player on the board, A.J. Pollock, appears to have agreed to a deal with the Dodgers. Some of the cheaper and short-term possibilities left are Adam Jones, Denard Span and Cameron Maybin.
Cincinnati is prepared to stay in-house with corner outfielders Scott Schebler and Yasiel Puig, and infielder/outfielder Nick Senzel -- the organization's top-ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- as the leading candidates. Williams noted that Phillip Ervin could be a possibility, and he also mentioned that center-field prospect Jose Siri is capable of playing in the big leagues defensively. Siri has been having a fantastic winter ball season in the Dominican Republic.

"There will be some options to look at," Williams said.
Coming off four straight 90-plus-loss seasons, the Reds have drawn good reviews for being aggressive all winter and trying to change their fortunes.
In December, the Reds acquired righty starter Tanner Roark from the Nationals and lefty starter Alex Wood from the Dodgers along with outfielders Matt Kemp and Puig and catcher James Farmer. A total of four top-30 prospects were moved in the deals, but the Reds managed to keep their most-coveted prospects like Senzel, outfielder Taylor Trammell, pitcher Hunter Greene and infielder Jonathan India.
"That's why I feel like we've been threading the needle here in terms of holding on to that prospect value while giving fans something to be excited about by adding to the team and building," Williams said. "But we don't feel like we cashed it all in for this year. We still very much feel like that this can be part of a progression. Maybe it buys us a year for these guys to develop and come up and contribute."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.