3 Reds who are about to lose their 40-man roster spots

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (77) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (77) throws a pitch. /
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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Art Warren (77) warms up.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Art Warren (77) warms up. /

Art Warren, Reds relief pitcher

If Sal Romano is likely to be removed from the 40-man roster, so is Art Warren. The Cincinnati Reds acquired the right-hander via trade back in January. Warren was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners but was picked up off waivers by Texas after last season.

Warren, an Ohio native, was a 23rd round draft pick of the M’s back in 2015 and actually made his big league debut versus the Reds back in September of 2019. Unfortunately, that scoreless 1/3 of an inning might have been Warren’s best stuff in thee majors.

Warren has a grand total of six big league games under his belt and just 5.1 innings of work. During spring training, much like Sal Romano, Warren has fallen behind several other relief pitchers. While Warren has minor league options remaining, it’s very likely that Cincinnati will need at least four spots on the 40-man roster and maybe more.

The Reds coaching staff has taken a liking to Max Schrock, Scott Heineman has exceeded expectations this spring, Deivy Grullón gives Cincinnati an additional catcher on it’s 40-man roster. He’s also racked up two home runs and six RBIs in just 10 at-bats during Cactus League.

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As was the case with Romano, it’s a simple numbers game. With only so many spots available, Cincinnati’s front office and coaching staff will have to make some difficult cuts. If circumstances were different, perhaps Art Warren would be given the opportunity to improve in the minor leagues. But, with so many talented pitchers in the mix, that’s not a luxury the Reds have this year.