3 Reds position battles that will come down to the wire this spring

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It's fair to say that a good majority of spots on the Cincinnati Reds are, for all intents and purposes, spoken for.

No one is unseating Jonathan India at second base, the Reds have already committed to carrying three catchers into the regular season, and the trio of second-year hurlers will comprise 60-percent of the Cincinnati starting rotation.

But there are a few spots on the Opening Day roster that have yet to be secured. Let's look at three position battles that could come down to the the wire with about two weeks remaining in Reds spring training.

1. Reds spring training position battle: Left-handed reliever

It's a virtual certainty that Reiver Sanmartin will be part of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen heading into Opening Day. After failing to nail down a spot in the Reds starting rotation last season, Sanmartin became a fixture in the Cincinnati bullpen over the second-half of the 2022 season.

But the southpaw will need a running mate in 2023. Cincinnati has made adding another left-handed reliever a priority and has three candidates vying for, what's likley to be, just one position.

Bennett Sousa, who was released by the Chicago White Sox earlier this spring is currently on the team's 40-man roster. But non-roster invitees Daniel Norris and Alex Young will be looking to replace Sousa prior the Reds March 30th tilt against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The most accomplished player between the three is arguably Young. The lefty has success with the San Francisco Giants last season and has looked very good this spring. Young hasn't allowed a run this spring and has seven punch outs in four games.

Sousa owns a 0.00 ERA in his three outings with four strikeouts in three games. Norris has been less impressive this spring and is probably on the outside looking in. The battle to be the Reds left-handed reliever will come down the wire.