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MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reported Monday that the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a Minor League contract with free agent utilityman Chad Pinder. The deal would include an invitation to big league camp as a non-roster player. The 30-year-old spent most of his time in the outfield in 2022 with the A's, but he also saw time at first and third base. The Reds currently have an opening at third base, so Pinder would likely be competing for playing time at that position. Offensively, Pinder slashed .235/.263/.385 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances. It sounds as though the Reds may still be looking to bring in additional players and Pinder's recent offensive production has not been so great that he would be fantasy relevant even if he were to see somewhat-regular playing time.
It's still unknown if Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel (toe) will be ready for the start of spring training after he had surgery to fix a broken toe last November, but manager David Bell said Senzel is still expected to be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day. "He can play all over the field and be an everyday player, but with where we are as a team, he still factors into center field a lot," Bell said. The former first-rounder (second overall) has developed an injury-prone label in his first four MLB seasons, and his 110 games played in 2022 was a career-high so far. The 27-year-old made a decent amount of contact, but didn't square the ball up enough and finished with a disappointing .231/.296/.306 slash line with a career-low .601 OPS, five homers, 25 RBI, 45 runs score and eight stolen bases. There's still time for Senzel to figure things out, making him worth a late-round flier, but he needs to stay healthy.
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that the team is planning for catcher Tyler Stephenson (collarbone) to be in the lineup for 140-150 games in 2023 if he can remain healthy. They will be able to achieve that by using Stephenson as the designated hitter to give him days off behind the plate. The 26-year-old is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, but he played in only 50 games in his third major-league season last year due to a broken collarbone. He managed to hit .319 with six homers and 35 RBI before his injury, and RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 10 fantasy backstop at a thin position. In 132 games in 2021, Stephenson slashed .286/.366/.431 with a .797 OPS, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and 56 runs scored. When he's serving as the DH, the Reds will have options at catcher with Curt Casali, Luke Maile and Austin Romine.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims (back) and starting pitcher Justin Dunn (shoulder), who both missed time with injuries in 2022, have been throwing and should be ready for spring training. Meanwhile, reliever Tejay Antone's (forearm) throwing program has been slowed this offseason by a forearm issue, but it's unrelated to his elbow issue that required Tommy John surgery in 2021. He'll be eased in as camp opens. When healthy, Sims and Antone figure to be important high-leverage arms in Cincy's bullpen in front of expected closer Alexis Diaz. Dunn started seven games for the Reds in 2022 but had an unsavory 6.10 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with only 21 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.
The Cincinnati Reds re-signed right-hander Derek Law to a minor-league deal on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Law spent the 2022 season with both the Reds and Detroit Tigers, combining for a 4.12 ERA (4.89 FIP), 1.58 WHIP, 17 strikeouts and eight walks in only 19 2/3 relief innings over 17 appearances. The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to make the team's Opening Day roster, but fantasy managers can ignore him if he does. Law has six years of major-league experience and a career 4.21 ERA (4.13 FIP), 1.45 WHIP and 21.9 percent strikeout rate in 193 appearances (four starts) covering 201 innings pitched.