The Reds are still at 34 players as of Thursday morning and have a few more moves to make before April 1 to reach 25. But there are really only two areas unresolved.
My predictions for the remaining spots up for grabs are in bold:
Chapman, Broxton, Marshall, LeCure, Hoover, Parra, Simon
IMO: Alfredo Simon makes the team because not only is he out of options, but because the bullpen needs a long man. J.J. Hoover doesn’t deserve to go after a fantastic spring. He’s earned the spot. As for Manny Parra, he hasn’t had a great spring but the idea of a second LHP is appealing for Dusty Baker. Also, I’ve learned that because he has at least five years of big league service, he has the right to approve being optioned to the Minors. I don’t see that happening, although when someone asked this morning about Parra’s potential role, Baker replied that “he has to make the team first.” So the club might still be thinking this through. Logan Ondrusek really hasn’t had a good spring and has options left. Jose Arredondo is the tricky one. He is out of options and under contract. Perhaps the club could explore a trade. Nick Masset (shoulder) will start the year on the DL. He hasn’t pitched off of a mound yet.
Mesoraco, Hannahan, Heisey, Paul, Burriss
This is somewhat tough to predict. Emmnanuel Burriss started camp hot at the plate and has since slowed down. But he’s looked very good defensively. To me, the job is going to come to both having best skills as shortstop and versatility. While Burriss isn’t as strong as Cesar Izturis at shortstop, he is very good and more versatile at other spots. Jason Donald is the one who is out of options but I think he trails the other two contenders.