3 Reds players the fans have already lost their patience with and 1 who's earned a longer look

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kevin Newman / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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Reds fans have already lost their patience with Kevin Newman.

The Cincinnati Reds traded Kyle Farmer this past offseason and then traded for the younger, cheaper version in shortstop Kyle Newman. The former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop was little more than an insurance policy in the event that Jose Barrero struggled or the young prospects took longer than expected to develop.

Well, Barrero still hasn't figured it out, but Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz are doing everything they can down on the farm to earn a spot on the big league roster. With minor league options remaining, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Reds send Newman down to Triple-A Louisville.

Newman is a fine defender, and he's seen time all over the diamond. But with Jonathan India installed at second base, Nick Senzel gaining his footing at the hot corner, and Spencer Steer's ability to play almost every position on the infield, there would appear to be little need for Newman.

Kevin Newman's roster spot is only guaranteed until Matt McLain makes his major league debut. After that, Newman will either end up in Triple-A or be little more than a bench bat who might receive one start per week.

Reds fans knew, after Newman was acquired, that this was little more than a stopgap play on the part of GM Nick Krall. It's doubtful, however, that the fanbase assumed Newman's time would be so brief.