5 Reds who are in danger of losing their spot on the 40-man roster

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ryan Hendrix RHP (68) delivers during a spring training game.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ryan Hendrix RHP (68) delivers during a spring training game. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) hits a double.
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Aristides Aquino (44) hits a double. / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY

2. Reds OF Aristides Aquino's luck may have run out.

This is Aristides Aquino's last chance to make a good impression with the Cincinnati Reds. The slugger is out of minor league options, so the Reds risk losing him via waivers if Aquino does not make the Opening Day roster.

The Punisher has been reduced to a part-time player over the past two seasons. After the Reds remarkably were able to swing a deal with Nick Castellanos prior to the 2020 season, Aquino's hopes of being Cincinnati's everyday right fielder went up in smoke.

Over the past two seasons, Aquino has filled in at every outfield position, but even entering this spring, the 27-year-old seems to be, at best, a right-handed bench bat for David Bell. Tyler Naquin is likely to be the team's Opening Day starter in right field, and the recent signing of Tommy Pham likely puts Aquino on the bench, again.

Aristides Aquino's talent is not in question. He's one of the Reds better defenders on the outfield grass with speed and an arm to play any position. Aquino's biggest downfall is his inability to make contact with the breaking ball. The Punisher is 2-for-8 this spring with a home run. Being that the Reds are short on right-handed bats may work in Aquino's favor, but he's definitely on the bubble.