4. Reds shortstop Jose Barrero will not survive the MLB trade deadline.
Speaking of Jose Barrero, this feels like the end of the line for the former top prospect. Barrero is currently in Triple-A, and believe it or not, has been playing rather well. But with Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain now on the major league roster, there's no room left for Barrero within the organization.
The Reds tried almost everything. And while many fans didn't like the club's approach when it came to Barrero's development, at the end of the day, the shortstop was given multiple opportunities to excel and consistently fell short.
Despite his struggles last year, Barrero was handed the starting shortstop job in August when the Reds made the decision to move Kyle Farmer to third base. Barrero flopped and Farmer even got the job back before the end of the year.
Barrero then came into spring training as the unquestioned Opening Day shortstop. While the Reds traded for Kevin Newman, the job was Barrero's to lose. It took about month of Matt McLain hitting the cover off the ball at Triple-A and Jose Barrero swinging at balls in the dirt for the Reds to realize it was time to move on.
If there's one position that the Reds have an abundance of talent, it's shortstop. After drafting Sammy Stafura and trading for Edwin Arroyo and Noelvi Marte, the Cincinnati Reds are set. Barrero's 40-man roster spot is certainly in jeopardy and both and the Reds need a fresh start. Look for Barrero to have a new address after August 1st.