News coming out, just moments ago, that the Cincinnati Reds have signed Dwight Smith Jr, after the Baltimore Orioles granted him his free agency in early November. Smith will join the Reds searching for playing time among a team with a plethora of outfield depth and talent. The Reds currently have an outfield that consists of: Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Nick Castellanos, Shoga Akiyama and Jessie Winker, so finding a spot for Smith might be troublesome.
Smith, who received his first real look as a major leaguer back in 2019 with Baltimore, hit to the line of a .241/.297/.412 mark with a .708 OPS. While the signs do not look like Smith will likely make the team out of spring training, he is a nice piece for the organization if someone does in fact underperform, or get traded, which apparently the Reds have the inclination of doing this offseason for some strange reason. Smith does have some worrisome peripheral statistics, as he does strikeout above league average, and his hard hit percentage is around league average, for an outfielder that tends to lean more towards a power hitting game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Smith has been a horrible outfielder according to DRS, averaging a -5 DRS between his four seasons in the big leagues.
Going forward, Smith is a piece in the Reds system that needs some polishing, but does have talent, so it’s worth a risk of a roster spot going into the spring.