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

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3. Stuart Fairchild could grab the last spot on the Reds Opening Day roster.

The Cincinnati Reds could always go at it the old fashioned way and just add one of the players who's already on the team's 40-man roster. With Elly De La Cruz suffering an injured hamstring and Noelvi Marte needing more seasoning in the minor leagues, Stuart Fairchild would be the most obvious choice.

The Reds have already reassigned Fairchild to minor league camp, but in no way does that eliminate the possibility of the team including the former second-round pick on the Opening Day roster.

There are five healthy position players on the Reds 40-man roster who've already been optioned back to minor league camp. The aforementioned trio of De La Cruz, Marte, and Fairchild along with Nick Solak and Michael Siani are all part of the 40-man roster. Fairchild would appear to be the most candidate to be recalled.

There is another wrinkle to this, and that would be some of the non-roster players who've been reassigned to minor league camp. That would inclued the likes Matt Reynolds, Alejo Lopez, and Matt McLain.

It would seem like a long-shot for McLain to claim a roster spot, but Reynolds (if healthy) is certainly in the mix and Lopez continues to fight and claw his way into the conversation. The Cincinnati Reds will have a choice to make before Opening Day. Who's it going to be?

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