Tuesday is the deadline for the Cincinnati Reds to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft (which will take place in December at the winter meetings). As things stand right now the 40-man roster is full. That means that the organization is going to need to make some moves to shrink the roster in order to add some players.
It seems incredibly safe to assume that the Cincinnati Reds will add at least four players to the 40-man roster from the minor leagues before the deadline on Tuesday. Shortstops Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte are both top 50 prospects in all of baseball and are ranked 1st and 3rd in the organization. They will be easy choices. Pitchers Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt both saw action in Triple-A this year after beginning the year in Double-A. They aren’t as easy of choices as the shortstops, but they’ll both be added. After that there are a handful of other prospects that are in the conversation – we covered all of them here if you would like some more details.
Here’s what the current 40-man roster looks like:
Who would be the players that you would protect? Which players would you remove from the 40-man roster to create roster space for them? Put on your general managers hat and make some moves.