Early-Season Grades for Cincinnati Reds' Offseason Acquisitions

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Early-Season Grades for Cincinnati Reds' Offseason Acquisitions
Michael Keating

The Cincinnati Reds have been banged up to start the 2014 MLB season, so some of the offseason acquisitions who were supposed to be backups have seen more action than expected early on this year. This season is just more than a week old, but that's enough time to evaluate the team's offseason acquisitions early on.

Entering spring training, the Reds felt like they had a pretty good idea of who would be contributing to the team this year. However, injuries have made it difficult for the club to play up to its potential.

Cincinnati didn't make many moves this past offseason. The roster was pretty much set, so splashy moves weren't necessary. Although the club didn't make huge moves this past winter, there are a few players who are new to the team.

Here are the players who will be graded:

  • Catcher Brayan Pena
  • Outfielder Roger Bernadina
  • Infielder Ramon Santiago

The players will be graded based on what they have done both at the plate and in the field. They will also be evaluated based on realistic expectations that they face. These players won't be graded the same way a player like Joey Votto would be because they aren't expected to have as big of an impact.

Let's take a look at how each of Cincinnati's offseason acquisitions grades out through the first week or so of the 2014 MLB season. 

*All stats are via MLB.com as of 4/7/2014

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