2 Reds relievers who have earned their roster spot, 1 still fighting for his

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Reds reliever Alex Young has earned his roster spot.

The Cincinnati Reds need another left-hander to pair with Reiver Sanmartin. After multiple times last season where the team was absent of any left-handed bullpen options, the Reds have made it a point this season to head into the season with at least two southpaws as part of the relief corps.

The Reds brought in Daniel Norris along with Alex Young on minor-league deals and picked up Bennett Sousa after he was DFA'd by the Chicago White Sox. Norris was just released earlier this week, so it's down to Yougn and Sousa.

The one saving grace that Sousa has is his inclusion on the Reds 40-man roster. However, if Cincinnati feels as though Young is the better options, the team could quite simply option Sousa to Triple-A or designate the lefty for assignment once again in order to make room for Young on the roster.

Both Young and Sousa have pitched well this spring. Young has 12 punch outs in eight games while Sousa has five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. This decision could go either way, but Young had a fine season in 2022 while Sousa posted an ERA of 8.41.

At the end of the day, Alex Young has outperformed almost every reliever competing for a spot in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen and has earned his spot on the Opening Day roster.