3 players who could grab the final spot on the Reds Opening Day roster?

Milwaukee Brewers infielder Keston Hiura
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Keston Hiura / Kirk Irwin/GettyImages
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2. Keston Hiura could grab the last spot on the Reds Opening Day roster.

A player that many Reds fans are familiar with is former Milwaukee Brewers infielder Keston Hiura. Just like Christian Pache, Hiura is out of minor league options and will not be part of the Brewers Opening Day roster.

According to Brewers beat writer Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, there was trade interest in Hiura, but a deal was not reached. That would lead one to believe that there's team out there who will be willing to take flier on the infielder by making a waiver claim.

With Joey Votto slated to begin the 2023 season on the IL, Keston Hiura would be a fine addition to the Cincinnati roster, as he can play both first and second base. Hiura hit just .226 last season in Milwaukee, but post an OPS+ of 115. The 26-year-old has consistently struggled to find regular playing time while part of the Brewers organization.

Hiura was a consensus Top 20 prospect prior to 2019 and he showed why with a slash line of .303/.368/.570 in 84 games with Milwaukee during his rookie season. But Hiura was squeezed off the roster by Travis Shaw. The right-handed hitting Hiura then struggled mightily during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, one in which he led the league in strikeouts.

This would be another low-risk/ high-reward type of addition. Keston Hiura does not become a free agent until after the 2025 season and is owed just $2.2-million this season. Will the Reds make a waiver claim in order to solidify the final spot on their Opening Day roster?