With today’s deadline to add prospects to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft (December 7th at the Winter Meetings), the Reds have made plenty of moves to both add prospects and to clear spots on the roster that had been full entering the day.
Who the Reds added
In what should be no surprise to anyone the Reds added a pair of shortstops in Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte. They currently rank as the #1 prospect and the #3 prospect in the organization. Both players are going to be top 50 prospects in all of baseball (or higher) when the national publications begin to release their lists this offseason.
The team also added pitchers Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt. They were players we expected to be added when we wrote about the pitching group last week.
The above four players were the decisions that seemed to be the easiest.
Cincinnati added two more players beyond those four, though. Pitchers Ricky Karcher and Lyon Richardson were also added to the 40-man roster. Karcher is a reliever who saw action in Double-A and Triple-A this past season. Richardson missed all of the 2022 season after having Tommy John surgery following the 2021 season. He’s been a starting pitcher for his entire career and spent all of 2021 in High-A Dayton with the Dragons. You can read more in depth about all of the pitchers here.
Who the Reds dropped from the roster
In order to add players to the roster the team also had to drop players from the 40-man roster since it was full. The team opted to designated outfielder Aristides Aquino for assignment. They also designated pitchers Kyle Dowdy, Jeff Hoffman, Derek Law, Jared Solomon, and Art Warren for assignment.
Art Warren was going to miss all of the 2023 season after having elbow surgery, so his being one of the players taken off of the roster isn’t surprising and it seemed like one we knew would be coming. The other five players all make some sense, too, but so did multiple other options that are sticking around.
Here’s what the current 40-man roster looks like:
|Alexis Díaz||Tyler Stephenson|
|Buck Farmer||Alejo Lopez|
|Connor Overton||Elly De La Cruz|
|Daniel Duarte||Joey Votto|
|Dauri Moreta||Jonathan India|
|Fernando Cruz||Jose Barrero|
|Graham Ashcraft||Kyle Farmer|
|Hunter Greene||Matt Reynolds|
|Ian Gibaut||Mike Moustakas|
|Joel Kuhnel||Noelvi Marte|
|Justin Dunn||Spencer Steer|
|Lucas Sims||Allan Cerda|
|Luis Cessa||Jake Fraley|
|Lyon Richardson||Michael Siani|
|Nick Lodolo||Nick Senzel|
|Reiver Sanmartin||Nick Solak|
|Ricky Karcher||Stuart Fairchild|
|Tejay Antone||TJ Friedl|