Predicting the Reds 40-man roster after the upcoming non-tender deadline

Cincinnati Reds infielder Noelvi Marte.
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Predicting the Reds relief pitchers after the non-tender deadline (14)

Alexis Diaz, Lucas Sims, Tejay Antone, Luis Cessa, Tony Santillan, Reiver Sanmartin, Dauri Moreta, Ricky Karcher, Jeff Hoffman, Fernando Cruz, Ryan Nutof, Daniel Duarte, Luis Mey, Vladimir Gutierrez

This will be the most intriguing group to follow in the coming days. While there are definitely several relievers whose spots on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster are secure, there are equally as many who's future with the club is not as certain.

Alexis Diaz, Tejay Antone, Luis Cessa, Tony Santillan, and Fernando Cruz needn't worry about whether or not they'll be part of the Reds roster after the upcoming non-tender deadline. One can probably put Jeff Hoffman and Lucas Sims on that list as well. But the rest of the bullpen arms are a bit harder to predict.

Reiver Sanmartin is the lone left-hander on this list. While the Reds will probably sign a couple of southpaw relievers to minor league contracts over the next few weeks, Sanmartin is likely to be the only left-handed reliever on the 40-man roster.

Dauri Moreta and Daniel Duarte may not have done enough to secure a spot on the 40-man roster, and the duo could be sacrificed if the Reds' brass are bullish on adding a player like Daniel Vellojin to the roster. But, both put up nice strikeout numbers and probably are safe for now.

Vladimir Gutierrez presents an interesting case. While the right-hander was unimpressive in 2022, his rookie performance was quite good. Gutierrez will miss all of next season following Tommy John surgery, but in order to guarantee he remains with the organization, Cincinnati will have to carry him on the 40-man roster for now.

Look for the Cincinnati Reds to add at least two relievers in the coming days. Ricky Karcher is almost a lock to be added to the 40-man roster, and Ryan Nutof should join him. Both right-handers performed well in the minor leagues last season and could join the relief corps at some point in 2023.

The last name on the list is one that many Reds fans probably are not familiar with. Luis Mey has been in the Reds organization since 2018. But the right-hander has only manage to make it to A-Ball. Is it worth adding Mey's electric arm to the 40-man roster? Mey's fastball sits in the upper-90s. With other teams looking for arm talent in the Rule 5 Draft, Mey could a surprise addition to the 40-man roster.

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