7 Reds players fighting for their futures ahead of 2024 season

This could be the last time these Reds players take the field in Goodyear.

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Stuart Fairchild (17) hits a home run
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Stuart Fairchild (17) hits a home run / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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Stuart Fairchild, Reds OF

No player who showed up in Arizona this spring was under more pressure to perform than Fairchild. With all things being equal, if it's a two-horse race between Fairchild and Barrero, the former top prospect is getting the nod. But Fairchild has a Secretariat-type lead over the competition at the moment.

If the Reds broke camp, Fairchild will be part of the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old has hit for average and hit for power while also blazing around the base paths and playing all over the outfield. If there's one player that doesn't necessarily belong on this list, it's Fairchild.

However, without any minor league options left, Fairchild's Reds career could be hanging in the balance over the next few weeks. If he continues to perform at a high-level, break out the Sharpie and put his name on the flight back to Cincy. But if he falters, it'll open the door for someone else to secure that spot.

Josh Harrison, 2B/ OF

One such player who could sneak onto the roster in place of Fairchild is Harrison. The Cincinnati native is finally wearing the uniform of his hometown team and he's battling for that elusive spot on the Reds Opening Day roster.

Harrison has the ability to opt out of the minor-league deal he signed earlier this year. If Harrison gets wind that he's not going to make the cut, will he remain in the organization and take a minor league assignment? Or will the veteran test his ability to secure a job with another team?