Predicting the Reds 40-man roster moves prior to Opening Day

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto
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There have been several roster moves of late that give the Reds fanbase clues as to how the organization plans to proceed going forward, but there's still several questions remaining.

The most glaring session after Joey Votto's Q&A with the media is whether or not the six-time All-Star will be ready for Opening Day. If Votto can't go, that throws a monkey wrench into the works.

While most of the Reds roster is set, there are still some holes that need to be filled. How might Cincinnati Reds General Manager Nick Krall finagle his 40-man roster over the coming days.

Reds 40-man roster predictions: Justin Dunn to 60-day IL, Derek Law added

One move that everyone knows is coming is Justin Dunn's placement on the 60-day IL. While it seems as though the former Seattle Mariners start has lived on the Injured List since arriving last spring, Dunn did appear in seven games in 2022.

Dunn has endured issues with his right shoulder since the middle of the 2021 season. Dunn was part of the deal that sent Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to Seattle, and Cincinnati is holding out hope that the right-hander can return to full-health later this season.

After cutting bait with former reliever Hunter Strickland, it would appear as though Derek Law is a lock to be part of the Reds Opening Day roster. Law was part of Cincinnati's 40-man roster heading into the offseason, but was non-tendered last fall.

The right-hander has been the Reds best reliever this spring with a 1.42 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. While Alexis Diaz and Buck Farmer are expected to get the bulk of innings when Cincinnati is in the lead late in games, don't be shocked if Derek Law is on the bump during high-leverage situations early in the season.