3 players the Cincinnati Reds should cut before Opening Day, but won't

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama (4) bats.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama (4) bats. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino runs out of the batters' box.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino runs out of the batters' box. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3. Reds OF Aristides Aquino should be cut before Opening Day.

I'm not as bullish on the Cincinnati Reds releasing Aristides Aquino as I am the other two players mentioned, but it still seems like something that should happen, right? Aquino, just like Shogo Akiyama, is not going to be a regular in the Reds lineup.

Some critics like to refer to Aquino as a one-trick pony, but I think that's being a bit harsh. While the slugger can't seem to hit a breaking ball to save his life, Aquino is an above-average defender with a cannon for an arm.

Aquino flashed so much potential over the final two months of the 2019 season, but the presence of Nick Castellanos in the Cincinnati lineup robbed The Punisher of any chance he may have had to be the Reds everyday right fielder. Instead, Aquino became a part-time player and was little more than a rotational outfielder over the past two seasons.

Aristides Aquino is out of minor league options. That means, if the Reds don't include him on their Opening Day roster, he'll be available for all 29 teams to claim. I don't think the Reds are ready to let a power bat like that walk out the door for nothing.

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Even though the team should probably let Aquino go, I think he'll be part of the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. It's going to be a tight competition between Aquino and Akiyama, but I think the right-handed power bat of The Punisher wins out.