How adding Henry Ramos reshapes the Reds roster

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Henry Ramos
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Henry Ramos / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

Well, it's not Matt McLain, but it's a start. On Monday, the Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of Henry Ramos and designated infielder Jason Vosler for assignment.

Vosler had a good first couple of games with the Reds to begin the season, but he'd gone just 5-for-50 in his last 15 games with only one extra-base hit. Ramos, who played overseas in the KBO last season, had been with the Louisville Bats to begin the 2023 season.

How will Henry Ramos help the sputtering Reds lineup?

Ramos was inserted into the Cincinnati Reds lineup as the designated hitter on Monday night. Look for the the switch-hitting outfielder to see plenty of at-bats over the next couple of weeks.

Why would the Reds add an outfielder after DFA'ing Jason Vosler?

That's a good question, but with Joey Votto still out of the lineup, we're likely to see an increase of playing time from Wil Myers at first base. The Reds can always use Nick Senzel at third base on occasion as well.

Which Reds players will see their playing time decrease?

As mentioned earlier, Ramos is a switch-hitter, so he's likely to see plenty of playing time. It probably affects Senzel and Stuart Fairchild more than anyone in the Reds lineup.

Why didn't the Reds call up Matt McLain?

Cincinnati could have just as easily selected the contract of Matt McLain, but unless the Reds are going to commit to playing him every day, it actually make more sense for him to remain in the minors.

This a minor move, but it's still very early in the season, Henry Ramos had a terrific spring and was hitting .314/.400/.486 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Ramos will also add more speed to the base paths, as he had three stolen bases down at Triple-A Louisville.

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