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Reds: The 25-Man Roster

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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…

Opening Day is tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM ET. Want to know what’s all going on, check out John Rentz and his schedule of activities here.

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