3 Reds players most in danger of losing their 40-man roster spot

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Stuart Fairchild
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3. Reds pitcher Ian Gibaut is in danger of losing his 40-man roster spot.

The Cincinnati Reds claimed Ian Gibaut off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly after the Fourth of July holiday last year. The right-hander had previously pitched for the Cleveland Guardians in 2022.

Gibaut has bounced around to a number of different organizations throughout his professional career. Once part of the Tampa Bay Rays, Gibaut has also played for the Texas Rangers and Minnestota Twins.

Gibaut's addition to the Reds bullpen last season was relatively well received. The right-hander posted a very nice strikeout-rate of 30.0%, but his walk-rate (11.3%) was little higher than most GMs would like. Gibaut also allowed opposing hitters to touch him up to the tune of a .277 batting average against.

Ian Gibaut is power pitcher who's FIP (3.11) suggests that he was a bit unlucky in 2022 as his ERA was 4.50. However, seeing as how he has no minor league options remaining, if the Reds favor another reliever over Gibaut, the 29-year-old would have to be designated for assignment and pass through waivers in order to remain in the organization.

None of the aforementioned players should be fretting at the moment - spring training hasn't even begun. But, if some of the team's top prospects or non-roster invitees begin Cactus League play on a tear, these three players may be the first to lose their spot on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster.

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