Cincinnati Reds: Three players in danger of being cut from 28-man roster

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Matt Davidson #64 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Matt Davidson #64 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 24: Travis Jankowski #31 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

3. Travis Jankowski, Reds outfielder

Aristides Aquino has already been sent down to the Reds alternate training site, and Travis Jankowski may be right behind him. A decent defender, Jankowski has done nothing to remain a part of the Cincinnati Reds roster going forward. Jankowski has just four plate appearances on the season and hasn’t had a single hit.

We all knew when Jankowski was selected to be among the 30 players to start the season that his role would be limited. But I didn’t think it’d be this limited, as the former San Diego Padres outfielder is little more than a pinch runner and defensive replacement. Jankowski’s appeared in just six games and didn’t swing the bat in three of those six affairs.

Jankowski has an option remaining, so moving the speedster to the alternate site would not require him to clear waivers. Josh VanMeter has minor-league options remaining as well, and though a versatile fielder, the left-handed slugger has yet to record a hit this season despite 17 plate appearances.

Christian Colón is another name to keep an eye on, but the veteran does not have an option remaining, and the former World Series hero seems to have emerged as a clubhouse leader and David Bell has used him in several different roles already this season.

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The upcoming cuts will be difficult, as no player stands out. The injuries to Mike Moustakas and Wade Miley may have an immediate impact to who stays and who goes, and the Reds can always recall a certain player as this shortened-season moves along.