Reds prospect Edwin Arroyo does not need to be added to the 40-man roster.
While the Cincinnati Reds will have a lot of 40-man roster decisions when it comes to who stays and who goes, Edwin Arroyo will not be one of them. Taken by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft, Arroyo has a few more years before the Reds must add him to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Arroyo, who's also ranked among the Top 100 prospects in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, can be brought along much slower than the likes of Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt, and Spencer Steer. Arroyo's clock does not start ticking until 2025. The same can be said for fellow shortstop prospect Victor Acosta who was brought over from San Diego when the Padres traded for Brandon Drury.
There are some talent evaluators who believe that Edwin Arroyo will have a better future than Noelvi Marte. That has to be comforting for Nick Krall and the Cincinnati Reds front office to know that they've landed two of the better shortstop prospects in the game.
Jose Acuña, whom the Reds added in the trade with the New York Mets, will not need to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft this winter either. Neither will Hector Rodriguez, who was also part of the return for Tyler Naquin.