We're not even two months into the 2023 season and the Cincinnati Reds fanbase is already getting a bit restless. Some changes may be necessary in the coming weeks.
Whether it's the front office's lack of urgency when it comes to calling up some of the organization's top prospects or another losing record during the month of the April, the patience of the Cincinnati faithful is wearing thin.
With the fanbase becoming antsy, there are some obvious candidates who've drawn the ire of Reds Country. Which three players have caused the Reds fans to already lose their patience, and which player's performance has earned him a longer look?
Reds fans have already lost their patience with Luke Maile.
Okay, Luke Maile is the fall guy here. The truth of the matter is that the Cincinnati Reds fanbase hasn't necessarily lost patience with Maile himself, but rather the idea od carrying three catchers on the active roster.
The Reds set out this spring to bring in some veteran backstops with the intention of keeping Tyler Stephenson's bat in the lineeup. Stephenson spent three separate stints on the IL last season and played in just 50 games.
This season, the Reds have attempted to rotate Stephenson between catcher, first base, and DH while also giving reps to the duo of Maile and Curt Casali. The problem is, that really shortens the Cincinnati bench, and neither Maile nor Casali really provide much in terms of hitting when they're in the lineup.
Seeing as how Curt Casali's contract contains a team-option and he's owed more money this season, if and when the Reds decide to move on from the three-catcher plan, it's most likely that Luke Maile gets the axe. Again, it's not necessarily the player himself, but rather the way the roster was constructed during the offseason.