3 Reds players in danger of losing their 40-man roster spot by the end of the week

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Joel Kuhnel
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3. Stuart Fairchild could lose his spot on the Reds 40-man roster.

This would be a calculated risk on the part of the Cincinnati Reds. But seeing as how Stuart Fairchild was designated for assignment twice last season, it wouldn't be a stretch to think the Reds would try to pass him through waivers and outright the outfielder to Triple-A.

Fairchild appeared in 38 games for the Reds in 2022 and showed plenty of pop and speed. Though it wasn't enough to keep him in major league camp as the 26-year-old was optioned to minor-league camp earlier this week.

That is sign that Fairchild will not be part of the Reds Opening Day roster, and it could foreshadow his absence from the 40-man roster as well. Fairchild's standing with the team may depend on who Cincinnati selects from the group of non-roster invitees to join them in the Queen City on March 30th.

Chad Pinder seems like all but lock to break camp with the big league club, but what about switch-hitting outfielder Henry Ramos. After jetting off to the World Baseball Classic earlier this month, Ramos returned from the WBC and promptly hit a home run in his first game back.

If Ramos is included among the group that the Reds take north, then Fairchild's 40-man roster may be in jeopardy. While Nick Solak's could be on the line as well, his ability to play multiple positions may work in his favor with the Reds looking to carry three catchers this season.

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