3 players the Reds could DFA in order to make room for Spencer Steer

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3. Reds could DFA Albert Almora Jr. in order to make room for Spencer Steer.

Of all the ways that the Cincinnati Reds could think of to get Spencer Steer onto the 40-man roster, this one feels like correct avenue to take. Albert Almora Jr. has been a solid contributor to this year's Reds team, but is he going to be part of the 2023 roster?

The simple is maybe. The Reds maintain team control over Almora Jr. through next season, but is it really necessary for Cincinnati to hang on to the 28-year-old with so many outfielders on the current roster who have a similar profile?

TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley are both very capable of taking Almora Jr.'s reps in the outfield. The former Chicago Cubs centerfielder is hitting just .226/.283/.356 on the season and is honestly taking valuable playing time away from some of the organization's younger players.

Highly-regarded center field prospect Mike Siani must be added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster this offseason in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Much like Almora Jr. during his early days with the Cubs, Siani is an elite defender who struggles to hit. But Siani's defense could be categorized as elite and you have to assume that the Reds will get him opportunities in 2023.

Short of a season-ending injury, which the Reds have had enough of to this point, Cincinnati will have to designate a veteran for assignment in order to find a spot on the roster for Spencer Steer. The more likely scenario is that the team will wait until September and find another player, currently on the 40-man roster, to designate for assignment.