Cincinnati Reds: Predicting the roster with Opening Day three weeks away

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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 23: Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The 2020 baseball season is just about three weeks away. What will the 2020 Cincinnati Reds roster look like on Opening Day?

The Cincinnati Reds are off on Tuesday following a 6-2 victory in Cactus League play against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds are 4-5 in the early-going and the starting pitching, last year’s strength, appears to be right on target for a dynamite 2020 season. Though we’re still about three weeks from Opening Day, let’s see who’s most likely to land on the 26-man roster.

Fans have high expectations for this year’s Reds team. After the free agent additions of outfielders Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos, infielder Mike Moustakas and left-handed pitcher Wade Miley, Reds Country is hopeful to see their team return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013 when Cincinnati lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card Game.

In addition to the aforementioned free agent acquisitions, the Reds signed several players to minor-league deals with an invite to spring training. Derek Dietrich, Nate Jones, Brooks Raley and David Carpenter are among those fighting for a spot on the Cincinnati roster. Goodyear has been ripe with competition and it’s likely to get even more heated as spring camp continues.

The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals kick off the 2020 season on March 26th at Great American Ball Park. While the majority of spots on the roster are already spoken for, several players are vying for bench roles or a spot in the bullpen. With about three weeks to go until Opening Day, who’s making the 26-man roster?

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