The final decisions are hardest
*These are the final days of camp and the toughest decisions are yet to come. With 28 players remaining, three cuts are left to get down to the 25-man roster. It’s down to Todd Frazier, Juan Francisco, Willie Harris, Paul Janish and Wilson Valdez for those extra bench spots.
“They all bring something, strengths and some weaknesses, to the situation and the table,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It just depends if we can use their strengths and live with their weaknesses in the present. Or can they go down and get better and be prepared to come back?”
*Francisco and Valdez are the two in that pool that are out of options.
*Frazier is keeping himself in good spirits. Although he has packed his bags and doesn’t know whether they will be headed to Louisville or Cincinnati.
“It’s pretty exciting just to know you’re with the team this far and understanding this might be your year to go,” Frazier said Friday. “I’m never really a nervous guy. I’m happy-go-lucky. I try to keep everything to myself when it comes to that stuff. Everything will be fine.”
*And maybe, there could be more than three cuts. You never know if the Reds might bring in someone in from outside the organization. There are still unsettled questions in the bullpen.
“Probably everybody is doing that,” Baker said. “Some guys are going to get picked up. Some guys may not fit on their team that fit elsewhere or might be a better player than some guys on that team. I don’t even know who all is available. That’s those guys’ jobs upstairs. I have enough to do down here. I hear bits and pieces about who get cut or whatever.”
*Baker had Joey Votto, among others, take extra at-bats in Minor League games on Thursday. Votto took 10 at-bats in Double-A and Triple-A games, alternating from one field to the other at the Reds complex.
“He said it was a great day and said he was tired,” Baker said. “I told him I got 18 one year – top and bottom of every inning. I was so tired, I didn’t know what to do.”