The Reds entered this offseason focused on improving and deepening their rotation, which makes Dallas Keuchel a potential target. Whether Cincinnati actually would meet Keuchel's asking price, however, always was a question, and the club no longer is as desperate for starters after trading for Tanner Roark and Alex Wood.
Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams made it clear the team is still in search of upgrades, so Keuchel can't be ruled out. But he isn't the only free agent who would improve a rotation that posted the sixth-worst ERA (5.02) in MLB a year ago, especially if the club isn't looking to pony up for a five- or six-year contract approaching nine figures, as MLB.com's Mark Sheldon writes.
There are plenty of less expensive options available, such as Gio Gonzalez, Derek Holland and Wade Miley. The Reds have also been connected to trade targets such as the Indians' Corey Kluber, the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman and the Yankees' Sonny Gray.