What’s next on the Cincinnati Reds’ offseason to-do list?

Free agency officially began at 5:01 p.m. on Nov. 1, but everybody is forgiven if they didn’t realize it had already started.

It’s been a very slow-moving market with just one notable signing: left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $8 million deal. The lack of activity was expected amid the pandemic – plus the uncertainty with some rule changes like the designated hitter in the National League – and the market could be flooded by players who aren’t tendered contracts in a few weeks.

The Cincinnati Reds have plenty of areas where they need to improve if they want to become a legitimate playoff contender. The offense can’t hit as poorly as it did in the 60-game season, especially with half of its games at Great American Ball Park. The Reds need a shortstop and they lost two members of their starting rotation to free agency.

The Reds haven’t signaled that they are lowering payroll for the 2021 season, but the expectation is that they will need to offset some salaries if they want to add players through free agency or trades.

Before the free agency market (hopefully) shows more activity, there are two deadlines that are nearing within the next few weeks:

NOVEMBER 20 – Deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft

The Reds created space on their 40-man roster when they removed Matt Davidson, Travis Jankowski, Jesse Biddle, Matt…

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