The Cincinnati Reds have been an extremely active force this offseason. Yesterday, per Jon Heyman of the NY Post, the Reds signed veteran Frankie Montas to one-year, $16 million contract. Montas is joining Nick Martinez, Emilio Pagán, and Jeimer Candelario as the notable offseason acquisitions for the Reds.
Montas, 30, spent his 2023 season with New York (AL), but was on the injured list for most of his tenure with the Bronx Bombers. His time in New York was short and forgettable. Montas came over in a trade and pitched to a 6.15 ERA, by far the worst of his career, in just 41.0 innings.
Although Montas has been injury prone and underperforming, the Reds taking a flyer on him is certainly a low risk move. Needing much pitching to pair with their young flamethrowers, Montas provides that role. The only negative regarding this move is his lack of playing time.
The Reds are going all in for 2024, as they should be. Being in the weak NL Central, this is their time to prove that they can be a contender in the postseason. The Reds finished with a 82-80 record in 2023, only missing the wildcard spot by 2.0 games. 2024 could finally be the year that Cincinnati plays October baseball again.