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Reds: The 25-Man Roster

After much deliberation, I suppose, here’s the 2013 Opening Day roster for the Cincinanti Reds

Pitchers (12)
Bronson Arroyo
Homer Bailey
Jonathan Broxton
Aroldis Chapman
Johnny Cueto
J.J. Hoover
Mat Latos
Mike Leake
Sam LeCure
Sean Marshall
Manny Parra
Alfredo Simon

Catchers (2)
Ryan Hanigan
Devin Mesoraco

Infielders (6)
Zack Cozart
Todd Frazier
Jack Hannahan
Cesar Izturis
Brandon Phillips
Joey Votto

Outfielders (5)
Jay Bruce
Shin-Soo Choo
Chris Heisey
Ryan Ludwick
Xavier Paul

Disabled List (1)
Nick Masset (15-day DL)

You might be wondering about Jose Arredondo, Jason Donald (in the trade with the Indians), and Logan Ondrusek. Here’s the skinny…

Arredondo – outrighted to Louisville
Donald – designated for assignment
Ondrusek – optioned to Pensacola

Many are probably scratching their heads over a couple of these moves. I would surmise that the inclusion of Parra on the 25-man is one. The only thing I can come up with is that he’s a lefty and you don’t want Marshall being the LOOGY.

Regarding Arredondo, I have no clue why he doesn’t make the team especially over Parra. I noted the other day that Arredondo’s BAA versus lefties is better than Parra’s. Guess Dusty got his wish for a third lefty arm in the ‘pen.

Izturis has no bat whatsoever. I know he had a great spring with the bat, but this guy owns a lifetime OPS+ of 64. He hasn’t posted an OPS+ over 70 since 2004. Sure, we’ll hear of his glove – he won the Gold Glove once…in 2004 – but the only reason I can see he’s on the 25-man is because of an “in case” measure at short or that the Reds brass feels he’ll fill-in more at short than at second.

Strange. Donald’s natural position is short, too.

The move Ondrusek is a shock only because he was sent to Pensacola. He had done little to secure a roster spot this spring, but I thought Louisville was in his future and not Florida.

Now that’s all off my chest…

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  • metalhead65

    only dusty would want to keep a guy simply because he is left handed. doesn’t matter if he sucks or not only that he is a lefty. no surprise about Izturis though, he may not be an ex-card but he is a washed up vet and walt loves those. I look for him to be the starting ss the first time cozart has an o-fer game or 2.

    • Jordan Barhorst

      There’s virtually no chance Izturis starts a game at short if Cozart is healthy and isn’t getting a day off. He had a nice spring, but his offensive track record is terrible. And, for one of the least reactionary teams in the game, that’d be a pretty big stretch.

  • Josh Bresser

    Obviously, I like the Ondrusek move. Maybe it was meant to be a shocker to try to get him back on track, or on the track to begin with.

    As for Parra over Arredondo..ehhh…here’s my thoughts on it:

    I think that Arredondo should have been the Reds LOOGY (well, ROOGY, but pitching to lefties.) That would have been ideal. But, Dusty being Dusty, he won’t do that. So, having Parra as the LOOGY (which, as I talked about in my article, I think he could do okay with) would be better than Arredondo pitching full innings.

    Basically, I think Parra for one hitter, then Lecure (or Hoover, Simon, etc) is more ideal than having Arredondo for a full inning.

    • Jordan Barhorst

      I’m an Arredondo guy, so this one has my feathers a little ruffled. However, I’m thinking Parra might be in line for some of the luck Simon had last season. Our coaching staff is tops in the league as far as pitching goes, so maybe there’s something in his delivery or mental state that we can fix up and turn into a serviceable left arm.

    • Steve O’Red

      Isn’t a LOOGY also asked to pitch well with runners on base? Part of being a reliever, right?

      Inherited runners scored in 2012: Arredondo – 36% (9 of 25); Parra – 46% (13 of 28).

      • Josh Bresser

        Oh, I completely agree, Arredondo would be the superior choice for the LOOGY/ROOGY. But, Dusty being Dusty, he won’t do that.

  • jeff yaws

    im left handed,.guess its time to go into the closet and dust off my old glove n cleats and tryout for dusty since it seems like just anybody lefthanded can make the team as a LOOGY,..and ill only ask for half as much $$$ oh well…
    GO REDS!!!!