The Cincinnati Reds reportedly signed left-handed reliever Brent Suter to a one-year contract on Thursday. According to FanSided's Robert Murray, sources say the deal pays Suter $2.5 million in 2024 with a $3.5 million club option for 2025.
This is great news for the Reds, as Suter will now be the third left-handed reliever on the 40-man roster. However, since Cincinnati's roster is currently maxed out, a corresponding move will have to made. That means, somebody will lose their roster spot.
The Reds unexpectedly designated Austin Wynns for assignment shortly after signing him to a split-contract earlier this offseason. Wynns was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville and remained with the organization. But the Reds might not be so lucky with this impending move. Who's most likely to be removed from the 40-man roster?
1. Reds reliever Daniel Duarte is in danger of losing his roster spot.
Daniel Duarte has been through this before. The right-hander was cut loose after the 2022 season, but was brought back on a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training last season. Duarte worked his way back to the big leagues, and actually had some impactful moments with the Reds in 2023.
But if you take an objective look at the current crop of relievers on the Cincinnati roster, Duarte may not fit anymore. After the 2023 season, Duarte looked like a solid depth option heading into the winter. But the Reds have actively added several pieces to the relief corps this offseason.
In addition to Brent Suter, the Reds have signed Emilio Pagán, Nick Martinez, and Buck Farmer to free agent contracts. Throw in young prospects like Casey Legumina (whom the Reds traded for last offseason) and Lyon Richardson, and Cincinnati's pitching staff is overflowing with young talent at this point.
It's possible that Duarte could survive this most recent signing, and the right-hander does have minor-league options remaining. But he could be atop the list of cuts once the Reds make Suter's signing official.