3 Reds who will make the 2024 Opening Day roster but won’t last the season

A lot can happen over a 162-game season.

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Ian Gibaut, RHP

This will be one of more interesting names to watch, not so much in spring training, but throughout the entire 2024 season. Ian Gibaut is virtually a lock to be on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. His roster status as the season moves along, however, could become highly questionable.

In 2023, Gibaut outperformed what anyone throughout the entire Reds fanbase could have expected. A waiver wire claim in 2022, Gibaut led the team in appearances last season and put up solid numbers. Gibaut, along with Buck Farmer, was an ironman last season.

The question now becomes whether or not Gibaut can duplicate that performance in 2024. If Gibaut is used in the same manner he was a year ago, then it's likely game over for the hard-throwing right-hander. Gibaut played about as good as he's capable in 2023 and was used in several high-leverage situations.

The lights will be brighter in 2024 and the expectations are higher. Reds manager David Bell cannot afford to hand the ball to Gibaut, with the lead, after the seventh inning. That's what Alexis Diaz, Sam Moll, and Lucas Sims are for.

Cincinnati also has some talented young arms down on the farm that they'd love to see up in the big leagues in 2024. Lyon Richardson, Carson Spiers, Casey Legumina, and Christian Roa will all be looking to make a statement and grab a spot on the Reds pitching staff. Ian Giabut is out of options, and if he's unable to maintain that high-level he played at in 2023, it'll be hard for him to last the entire season.