After much deliberation, I suppose, here’s the 2013 Opening Day roster for the Cincinanti Reds
Disabled List (1)
Nick Masset (15-day DL)
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.