3 Reds players who will become roster casualties on MLB cut-down day

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Stuart Fairchild
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Stuart Fairchild / Kirk Irwin/GettyImages
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2. Reds OF Stuart Fairchild will become a roster casualty on cut-down day.

Stuart Fairchild was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017, but was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2020 in order to help the team shore up their bullpen. Circumstances allowed Fairchild to return to Cincinnati last season and the former second-round pick showed off some versatility and pop in limited action.

It had been assumed all offseason that the Reds were going to give Fairchild a legitimate chance to remain with the organization heading into the 2023 season, but that may no longer be the case. A big reason for the sudden change is the presence of Will Benson.

The Reds acquired Benson just before spring training began by shipping prospect Justin Boyd to the Cleveland Guardians. So far this spring, Benson has shown why Cincinnati was willing to give up so quickly on the 73rd pick in last year's MLB Draft.

Benson has been one of the team's hottest hitters outside of Christian Encarnacion-Strand. The 24-year-old has shown the ability to make loud contact and his defensive versatility combined with his above-average speed may help Benson find his way into the starting lineup on a regular basis.

This is all great news for the Cincinnati Reds, but not for Stuart Fairchild. In addition to Benson, Fairchild is behind Wil Myers, Jake Fraley, and TJ Friedl on the depth chart. If the Reds were willing to part company with Fairchild in 2020, his 86 at-bats last season are unlikely to sway the team in order to keep him heading into 2023.