Sunday, March 30, 2014

Everything you need to know about Reds opening day roster

                                         

There hasn't been a season in recent memory that the roster was more uncertain entering Opening Day than this one for the Reds. Injuries have made the roster shuffle absolutely maddening for new manager Bryan Price and crew. But the beginning of the regular season isn't going to wait and it's forced Cincinnati to make some tough decisions.

Following the exhibition game in Louisville on Saturday, the picture started to become much clearer as far as the Opening Day roster is concerned. Here's what we know at this point.

Roger Bernadina, Neftali Soto, Trevor Bell  and Tucker Barnhart were each named to the Opening Day roster by Price immediately following Saturday's game, according to the official Twitter account of the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Shortstop Ramon Santiago was named to the 25-man roster earlier this week.

Before the game, it was reported by multiple sources that non-roster invitee Chris Nelson had opted out of his contract. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have one day to add him to the 40-man roster or he becomes a free agent. Fay opines that the club won't. I agree.

If Bernadina, Bell and Santiago do in fact make the cut for the 25-man Opening Day roster, because their non-roster players, it means corresponding moves will have to be made to make room on the 40-man. This means giving the proverbial boot to three players who currently reside on it. Who will these three players be? We will more than likely find out by evening's end on Sunday.

In the meantime, here's a breakdown of what the roster should look like come Monday.

Catchers:
Tucker Barnhart
Brayan Pena

Infielders:
Zack Cozart
Todd Frazier
Brandon Phillips
Ramon Santiago
Neftali Soto
Joey Votto

Outfielders:
Roger Bernadina
Jay Bruce
Billy Hamilton
Chris Heisey
Ryan Ludwick

Pitchers:
SP Johnny Cueto
SP Tony Cingrani
SP Homer Bailey
SP Mike Leake
SP Alfredo Simon
RP J.J. Hoover
RP Sam LeCure
RP Nick Christiani
RP Manny Parra
RP Pedro Beato
RP Trevor Bell
RP Logan Ondrusek

Disabled List:
C Devin Mesoraco
INF Jack Hannahan
OF Skip Schumaker
SP Mat Latos
RP Aroldis Chapman
RP Jonathan Broxton
RP Sean Marshall
RP Brett Marshall

None of the eight players destined for the disabled list are said to be candidates for the 60-day list. This is meaningful because any player on the 60-day DL is exempt from being on the 40-man. Are you confused enough yet? Don't worry. We won't have to make these decisions. Expect some more clarity on the roster situation by later this afternoon.

Update: Click here to see the finalized Opening Day roster.

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