Alright Reds fans, it's time for our last, best, and final roster prediction before the start of the 2022 baseball season. While I wish there was more optimism surrounding the Cincinnati Reds, but given how the offseason has unfolded, I understand the consternation.
The front office made some peculiar, and flat-out boneheaded moves this spring. While some were warranted (trading Sonny Gray to the Minnesota Twins), others were off-the-wall (trading Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez to the Seattle Mariners). Then there was one that was downright weird (trading Amir Garrett to the Kansas City Royals).
But, with the recent addition of Tommy Pham, at least the Reds will field, what looks to be on paper, a competitive lineup. Once everyone returns from the Injured List, Cincinnati's odds of competing night-in and night-out look to be more manageable.
The National League Central is not as competitive as the other divisions in the NL. While the Milwaukee Brewers look to be the team to beat, is not as if David Stearns went out and throughly improved the roster over the offseason. The Brewers lost Avisaíl García and replaced him with Hunter Renfroe. Still, Milwaukee has a heckuva starting rotation.
With Luis Castillo, Mike Minor, Lucas Sims, Jose Barrero, Tejay Antone, Justin Dunn, and Donovan Solano all slated to begin the 2022 season on the IL, the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster will have some unfamiliar faces. But, longtime first baseman Joey Votto will be back following a renaissance-type season in 2021. Reigning Rookie of the Year Jonathan India will return in 2022 as well.
One thing we know is who four of the five starters will be. While manager David Bell has yet to announce the team's fifth starter, I think an overwhelming majority of Reds Country knows who it's going to be. So, without further ado, let's see who is most likely to be on the Cincinnati Reds 2022 Opening Day roster.