Cincinnati Reds: Three players who could benefit from expanded rosters

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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 28: Mark Payton #34 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Expanded rosters could be a possibility this coming season. Which three Cincinnati Reds players would benefit the most if expanded rosters become a reality?

When will the 2020 baseball season start? As of right now, Opening Day has been postponed until at least mid-May, but early-June might be more realistic with a later start date still a possibility. Regardless of when the season starts, Major League Baseball is committed to playing as many games as possible. The Cincinnati Reds will need reinforcements.

The possibility of a shorten-season definitely exists. Will it be 100 games? 81 games? A 50-game race to the postseason? Who knows. What we do know is that, according to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball is hopeful to play a full season. How they’ll do that remains to be seen, but if doubleheaders are part of the discussion, then teams will need more players.

Typically, when a doubleheader is played, a team’s roster expands by one player, usually a pitcher. Last year, you would’ve seen rosters go from 25 to 26. With the additional player added to the active roster effective this season, rosters would now expand from 26 to 27 on the day of a doubleheader.

Given that off days may be few and far between and weekly doubleheaders part of the 2020 schedule, there’s a good chance that MLB will expand rosters for this season only. Dick Williams noted, via C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, that there’s a possibility of expanded rosters once the season gets underway. Which three Reds players would benefit from more roster spots?

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