3 Reds players with the most to lose down the stretch of the 2022 season

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel
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3. Reds 2B Matt Reynolds has the most to lose down the stretch.

Matt Reynolds is in a precarious spot as the 2022 season comes to a close. The veteran infielder was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds after being claimed off waivers in April. Reynolds quickly became a fixture in the Reds lineup, finding time at every infield spot this season.

The problem for Reynolds is that he now occupies a very redundant position. The 31-year-old is in the same boat as Alejo Lopez and Spencer Steer, both of whom are considerably younger than the former New York Mets infielder.

Reynolds is under team control for several more seasons, and the team obviously valued his skillset and leadership more than Albert Almora Jr. who was just designated for assignment in order to activate Reynolds from the injured list.

But will Reynolds versatility and clubhouse presence be enough for him to stick around? A strong showing during the final few weeks of the 2022 season would go a long toward securing the veteran a spot on the Cincinnati Reds offseason roster.

It may come down to playing time. Will David Bell offer enough opportunities for Reynolds to prove his worth, or will those at-bats go to the younger players like Lopez, Steer, and Stuart Fairchild. If Reynolds wants to stay in the Queen City, he'll need to make the most of every chance he gets down the stretch.

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