The Cincinnati Reds must upgrade their starting pitching if they hope to catapult to the top of the NL Central.
The Reds desperately need pitching. Injuries and inexperience hurt their rotation last season. That is what kept them from winning the NL Central.
Cincinnati has added a couple pitchers in the offseason.
The additions are nothing that allows the Reds to overcome the Milwaukee Brewers and keep pace with the Chicago Cubs.
The Reds have the lineup to contend, but pitching is preventing them making the playoffs.
The Reds started 17 different pitchers last season. Only one starter had an ERA under 4. Durability has been one of Cease’s biggest strengths.
Two years of club control is attractive for a small-market team like the Reds.
Not much has come out as to what Getz is asking for in return. Last offseason only yielded one trade that involved a good pitcher with multi-years of club control. It was the Miami Marlins trading Pablo Lopez plus two prospects to the Minnesota Twins to get Luis Arraez.
Getz turned reliever Aaron Bummer into five players from the Atlanta Braves. The players he got back in that trade are reclamation projects and failed high draft picks.
Getz needs to come away with at least four players. He should be targeting players that help address the starting rotation, second base, and rightfield.