Chicago Cubs: Ranking the NL Central offseason moves

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1.Cincinnati Reds

The Chicago Cubs had a hard enough time with the Reds last year

The Reds, to most people’s surprise, went all in this offseason. It started with a blockbuster trade to acquire Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood from the Dodgers. They then went and traded for Sonny Gray, and signed Tanner Roark in free agency. After all this, they have now inserted themselves in the mix for arguably the best catcher in baseball, J.T. Realmuto. The Reds have been irrelevant, but they appear ready to make a strong push in 2019.

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With an already great offense, they’ve added firepower to the lineup as well as addressing needs to one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. Adding three solid starters to join young stud Luis Castillo and Anthony DeSclafani, the Reds now have a rotation not to be overlooked. With All-Stars bats Kemp and Puig entering the lineup, pitchers are going to be afraid to face this lineup. The Reds have had the best offseason in not only the NL Central so far but in all of baseball.