Who will survive roster cuts when the Reds reduce the number of players to 28?
The Cincinnati Reds, and every other team throughout Major League Baseball, must reduce their active roster from 30 players to 28. The rosters were initially expanded to help provide depth in the event of injury. Which three players are in jeopardy of being cut when the Reds roster is reduced to just 28 players.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Player’s Association has informed its members that rosters will be set at 28 players effective Thursday and remain at the level until the end of the 2020 season. Initially, teams were to begin with a 30-man roster that was reduced to 28 after two weeks, and then 26 two weeks after that.
The bottomline is that the Reds will have to remove two players from their active roster before Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. A good guess would be that the Reds would remove one position player and one pitcher, but with Wade Miley still on the injured list, Mike Moustakas tracking that way, and Tejay Antone starting last night, it’s anyone’s guess who it’ll be.
A handful of players, especially in the bullpen, have underperformed during the early-going of this 60-game season. With the starters showing an ability to pitch deep into games, perhaps David Bell looks to move on from a pair of relievers. The outfield also seems to have stabilized, so someone from that group could be on the chopping block as well.