Ranking every player on the Reds roster after adding Nick Martinez and Emilio Pagán

After some slick free agent additions already this offseason, who ranks as the best player on the Reds roster?
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
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The Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster currently stands at 39 ahead of the upcoming MLB Winter Meetings. Typically, the upcoming week will help lay the groundwork for offseason trades and free agent signings.

The Reds added a few key piece this week by signing free agent pitchers Nick Martinez and Emilio Pagán. Cincinnati might be one more addition away from not only competing for a playoff spot in 2024, but perhaps even being the odds-on favorite to win the National League Central Division.

Though the Reds have a vacancy or two to fill before the 2024 season begins, how does Cincinnati's roster stack up after the additions of Pagán and Martinez? Editor's note: The rankings are based on a combination of production and potential.

Ranking the Reds 40-man roster: Fringe-players who might lose their spot

39. TJ Hopkins, Reds outfielder

Somebody has to be at the bottom, and in this case, it's Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Hopkins. That shouldn't come as much of shock, as the former University of South Carolina standout only appeared in 25 games last season and hit just .171 while striking out 17 times.

38. Jose Barrero, Reds infielder

Spring training in Goodyear, Arizona will be crucial for Jose Barrero. The former top prospect is out of minor-league options and should consider himself fortunate to still be part of the Reds 40-man roster. Barrero had success in the minors, but posted an OPS of just .618 in 133 major league at-bats.

37. Bubba Thompson, Reds outfielder

Bubba Thompson was a waiver wire pickup, and his spot on the 40-man roster is rather precarious. If he survives until spring training, the speedy outfielder will have an outside chance to stick around next season.

36. Levi Stoudt, Reds pitcher

Levi Stoudt had a very underwhelming 2023 season. The right-hander, who was part of the Luis Castillo trade in 2022, made four appearances in the big leagues last season. In 10.1 innings of work, Stoudt allowed 11 earned runs while striking out nine and walking eight.