3 most difficult decisions the Reds must make before the end of spring training

Reds manager David Bell will have to make some tough choices this spring.

Cincinnati Reds infielder Noelvi Marte
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Spring training has arrived, Reds fans. After watching their beloved Bengals fall well short of expectations this past season, Cincinnati sports fans are eager for the Reds to begin their 2024 season.

There hasn't been this much talent on the Cincinnati Reds roster in quite some time. Not only are all the young fellas from last year's roster back for their sophomore season, but Bob Castellini actually opened his wallet this offseason and allowed president of baseball operations Nick Krall to spend some money.

But with so much talent on the Reds roster, Krall and manager David Bell will have to make some difficult decisions before the 2024 campaign begins. What are the three most difficult decisions Reds must make before spring training ends

3 most difficult decisions the Reds could make before spring training ends

Which five pitchers comprise the Reds 2024 starting rotation?

The Cincinnati Reds have at least eight pitchers who could be part of this year's Opening Day starting rotation. If healthy, Frankie Montas is a lock to be among the five who'll have a ticket for Cincinnati after spring training is over. The Reds signed Montas to a $16 million contract this offseason. While he may not be their ace, Montas will be considered a frontline starter.

You might as well pencil in Hunter Greene as well. After forking over a six-year, $53 million contract last spring, Greene is likely to be the Reds Opening Day starter when the Washington Nationals come to Great American Ball Park on March 28th.

As for the rest of the rotation, there will be debate all spring as to which pitchers will secure those spots. Among those vying for an opportunity are Andrew Abbott, Brandon Williamson, Nick Martinez, Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, and Connor Phillips.

Every one of those pitchers, except for Martinez, has minor-league options remaining. While it might be infuriating or surprising to some Reds fans, Martinez may be break camp as a starter. If that occurs, look for Abbott, Williamson, and Phillips to start their 2024 season down at Triple-A Louisville.

Competition doesn't necessarily feel like the appropriate word to use when it comes to how the Reds plan to discern which five players will be part of the Opening Day starting rotation. This group of starters will be fluid and fans may even see eight different pitchers log at least 10 starts by the end of the season. Last year, that number was six.