The Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster currently stands at 37. But those three vacancies may not be enough.
With teams required to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft before 6 PM ET on Tuesday, the Reds may have some shuffling to do in order to add some of their valuable assets to the 40-man roster.
According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, trade talks are picking up across the league as clubs are trying to clear space or trade prospects they have no intention of protecting. Are there a few players on the Reds 40-man roster who could be dealt before 6 PM ET today?
1. The Reds could trade TJ Hopkins to clear roster space
Rather than lose him for nothing at the non-tender deadline, perhaps the Cincinnati Reds will look to trade TJ Hopkins today in order to clear space on the 40-man roster. Hopkins had a cup of coffee with the Reds in 2023, but spent most of the season at Triple-A.
There's a lot to like about Hopkins' style of play. His a right-handed bat with some pop, has above-average speed, and can play all over the outfield. Hopkins is the quintessential Quadruple-A player. Too good to stay in the minors, but not good enough to be a major leaguer.
While some may see that as a bit too harsh, as Hopkins only has 41 big league at-bats, it's quite apparent that the Reds don't see the 26-year-old as a fixture in the future.
Cincinnati had the opportunity to add Hopkins to the 40-man roster last winter and did not do it. However, no other team added the outfielder during the 2022 Rule 5 Draft.
TJ Hopkins is one of those fringe roster players that rebuilding clubs could take a flier on, and if he's not traded before 6 PM ET today, don't be shocked if he's non-tendered later this offseason.