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Those prized Whitey Herzog Jersey , prized roster spots."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameFinding room on the roster for Nick Senzel, Derek Dietrich, and Jose IglesiasNew,33commentsThose prized, prized roster spots.ESTShareTweetShareShareFinding room on the roster for Nick Senzel, Derek Dietrich, and Jose IglesiasKareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY SportsWhen Derek Dietrich smoked a homer off prized lefty signing Yusei Kikuchi earlier this week in Cactus League action against the Seattle Mariners, it was a reminder that the Cincinnati Reds made a pretty savvy play to sign the versatile veteran. The 29 year old has averaged nearly 430 PA a season over the last four years, clobbered 46 homers in that time, and posted an impressive 114 OPS+ in that span. For reference, Sean Casey posted a 114 OPS+ across his entire 8 year career with the Reds. A similar story can be said for Jose Iglesias, the former Detroit Tigers All Star whose defensive ability is roughly as plus as Dietrich’s offense. And as evidence of just how busted MLB free agency is at this juncture, the Reds managed to sign both Dietrich and Iglesias to minor-league deals, though it’s becoming increasingly apparent that both should be obvious additions to the roster when the regular season rolls around, which means the currently full 40-man roster is going to need some culling.That’s before we even broach the subject of adding Nick Senzel to the roster for Opening Day, which would mean three spots on the 40-man would need to be cleared. So, let’s dive into some potential ways that might play out.One spot could well be opened for the very reasons why Iglesias and Dietrich deserve roster spots themselves - because the Reds need cover at backup SS and could use some defensive versatility. Those two traits pretty well describe why Alex Blandino held his roster spot for most of last season, but since the knee injury and subsequent surgery that cost him the last half of 2018 won’t have him ready for Opening Day (per’s Mark Sheldon) , the Reds could choose to place him on the 60-day IL to begin the season. Considering the injury occurred in late July last year, that would push his earliest return to around the first of June, which is a timeline that more accurately fits the recovery time from ACL injuries seen more commonly in other sports. That’s one roster spot that appears to be the most obvious, since it won’t involve the Reds potentially losing a currently rostered player to another team. Finding two more, though, won’t be as easy.Perhaps next up on the pecking order are both Matt Wisler and Robert Stephenson, as both are out of options and currently on the fringe of making the active roster come opening day. Both are former top prospects who, at times, flash the kind of stuff that made them deserve those rankings in the first place, but multiple failures at the big league level have left them in roster limbo. Stephenson, too, has been dealing with a shoulder issue this spring that has kept him from making his Cactus League debut, which almost makes you wonder if it would be easier for him to clear through waivers since other teams might have issues about how healthy he is at the time. It’s a scenario similar to this time last year when the Reds managed to sneak Dilson Herrera through waivers and keep him around the organization while also opening a roster spot.Connor Joe also represents a potential opening, as the Rule 5 draftee has to stick on the active roster or be offered back to the Los Angeles Dodgers, his previous team. Joe provides a similar kind of positional versatility as Dietrich, albeit with significantly less experience there - less than other potential utility-man Kyle Farmer, too, who also has options remaining - and it’s an increasingly long shot that Joe will break camp still with the Reds. Beyond those scenarios Orlando Cepeda Jersey , there aren’t any more obvious candidates for roster ‘finagling,’ but the Reds could just choose to cut bait with players who, despite still having options, just don’t fit the long-term plans of the team. Adding Iglesias would make Blake Trahan a tad redundant, for instance, as the latter is a glove and glove-only SS option akin to when the club had Zach Vincej around. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there have been some light rumblings that the Reds might try to find a taker for veteran OF Matt Kemp prior to the season given that he projects to have a tough path to regular playing time and can still sock some dingers, and trading him for any low-level prospect that doesn’t yet need a 40-man spot could clear multiple logjams. On the pitching side, there’s recent waiver-claim Matt Bowman, who has also been dealing with an injury this spring, or even reliever Jesus Reyes, who has now held a 40-man spot for multiple seasons despite rather pedestrian numbers in the upper-minors.The biggest question facing the Reds at the moment, obviously, is whether or not they choose to add Senzel to the active roster prior to Opening Day. He doesn’t yet need a 40-man spot should they choose to send him to AAA for a few weeks to effectively add a 7th year of team control, which would leave the Reds only in need of a pair of 40-man openings. Rolling the dice and adding him to the 25-man roster, though, would mean there’d need to be another 40-man casualty, and that will be a bit trickier.Of course Keith Hernandez Jersey , there will certainly be the inevitable surprise down the road. Someone important will get injured, because that always happens to every team. There could be a late-spring trade, or the Reds could well bring in a player from another organization that they’re high on as a buy-low target that falls victim to a roster purge akin to the scenarios detailed above - heck, think there aren’t at least a half-dozen teams out there that would scoop-up Wisler or Stephenson in a second based on their previous hype as prospects? Regardless, the Reds will have some roster juggling to do in the near future in order to squeeze the best players they currently have in camp into the best-case scenario dugout come Opening Day. BALTIMORE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics kept getting hits and scoring runs, circling the bases in a display that manager Bob Melvin described as “remarkable.”Finally, deep into the third inning, Ramon Laureano hit a popup to the shortstop. A mock cheer swelled from the small crowd of 10,480 at Camden Yards.“I was like, ‘Ooh.’ I didn’t realize nobody had gotten out yet,” Oakland slugger Matt Olson said. Olson homered during a 10-run inning in which the first 11 batters reached base, and the Athletics blanked the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 Wednesday night. With their sixth straight victory, the A’s moved within one game of the Yankees for the top AL wild card. New York lost 3-1 at Minnesota.Oakland totaled 10 hits and two walks in its biggest inning of the year. Olson provided the big blow — a three-run shot off Andrew Cashner (4-15) — and three different players had two hits.“I don’t know if I’ve been a part of one of those,” Olson said. “It seemed like everybody was working the count and getting a good pitch and squaring it up.”Oakland sent 15 batters to the plate and generated more than enough offense to match its longest winning streak of the season. The A’s trail first-place Houston by three games in the AL West and own a comfortable lead for the second wild card. Daniel Mengden (7-6) pitched five innings of no-hit relief after entering in the second for starter Liam Hendriks, who went one inning by design.Baltimore’s lone hit was a clean single to left field in the first by Trey Mancini. The final 20 batters went down in order following a third-inning walk to Jace Peterson.“We didn’t hit anything hard,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Nothing to really put your arms around and feel proud of.”The A’s have already clinched their 10th series win in the last 13 (10-1-2) and will go for a three-game sweep of the woeful Orioles on Thursday night. After going a major league-best 34-15 since the All-Star break, Oakland is 32 games over .500 (89-57) for the first time since September 2003.Baltimore has lost six in a row to fall to 41-104, the worst record in the majors. It’s the eighth time this season the Orioles have been mired in a skid of at least six games.After breezing through the first two innings , Cashner never got another out. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Matt Chapman, who hit a two-run double.Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis followed with singles before Olson hit his 26th home run. Three singles and a walk followed before Cody Carroll retired Laureano.Chapman followed with an RBI single for the 10th run.“Pretty remarkable inning,” Melvin said. “You don’t see that happen very often. It was nice to be able to create a little distance.”There was one remaining moment of suspense. Needing a home run to complete the cycle in the ninth inning, Laureano looked at a called third strike.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: Oakland has used the disabled list 26 times this season, compared to 23 last year. The club record is 27, set in 2016.Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo (knee surgery) and LHP Richard Bleier (lat surgery) dropped by the clubhouse, even though both are done for the year. The hope is that both will be available at the start of the 2019 season. “We like where it’s headed. Everything’s been fine,” Showalter said. “I wouldn’t commit that they’re both going to be there on opening day, but there’s a chance.”YOUTH IS SERVEDLeft fielder DJ Stewart became the 14th player to make his major league debut with Baltimore this season, tying the Orioles record set in 1955.The Orioles will start a pair of rookie pitchers in the upcoming series against the White Sox. Luis Ortiz — part of the haul in the July trade for Jonathan Schoop — makes his first major league start Friday night, and Yefry Ramirez will go Saturday.UP NEXTAthletics: LHP Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA), who has a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore, gets the ball in the series finale Thursday night.Orioles: Dylan Bundy (7-14, 5.58 ERA) looks for his first victory since July 29. He’s 0-5 in his last seven starts with 11 home runs allowed.


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