5 difficult roster decisions the Reds front office must make before the end of June

Cincinnati Reds General Manager Nick Krall
Cincinnati Reds General Manager Nick Krall / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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2. Reds activate Wil Myers from the IL and option Stuart Fairchild to Triple-A.

Next up is Wil Myers. I know, I know, the Reds fanbase has been out on Myers since about the second week of the season. After signing as a free agent during the offseason, Myers was supposed to be a key cog in the middle of the Cincinnati Reds batting order.

His lack of production is likely to land Myers in the bottom-third of the lineup upon his return. Myers has the ability to play both first base and right field, though with the impending return of Joey Votto and Spencer Steer's play at first base, Myers will almost exclusively find his playing time on the outfield grass.

Myers landed on the IL with a kidney stone. Ouch! But he was also battling a shoulder injury as well. Could that be what was holding the former San Diego Padres outfielder back during the early-going? Perhaps. Myers won't have a long leash, but his $7.5-million salary won't allow the Reds to just designate him for assignment.

On the losing end of this transaction will be Stuart Fairchild. Look, just like everyone else throughout Reds Country, I like Fairchild. I think he offers quality depth in the outfield, but it's time for the 27-year-old to head back to the minors.

Fairchild has laid into a few taters this season and has the versatility to play all three outfield spots, but his time is almost up. Stuart Fairchild is hitting just .224 on the season and his an OPS below .700.