3. Reds infielder Jose Barrero is in danger of losing his roster spot.
The Cincinnati Reds have moved on from Joey Votto. They've waved goodbye to Nick Senzel. The team sent The Punisher packing last winter. It's time to finally bid farewell to Jose Barrero.
At one point, Barrero was the can't miss shortstop of the future. Well, that's a future that hasn't come. And with Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Noelvi Marte all ahead of him on the depth chart, it seems like the perfect time to designate Barrero for assignment.
Whether the Reds ultimately trade Barrero or just release him, the shortstop's future is not in Cincinnati. After watching De La Cruz, McLain, and Marte display the type of skillset Reds fans always thought they'd see from the Barrero, the former top prospect is now old news.
Barrero has failed to develop, and has been given several opportunities to do so. While fans can rightly point to the Reds inconsistent handling of the 25-year-old, the harsh reality it that Barrero has never lived up to the hype.
Barrero's glove-work is top-notch, and his power is next-level. But the abundance of strikeouts throughout both his major league and minor league career have caught up to him. Barrero's inability to adjust to major league pitching has been his downfall, and it's doubtful that he'll ever figure it out.
While it's painful to think about what could have been, it's time for the Cincinnati Reds to part ways with Jose Barrero.