The Louisville Bats Twitter feed has been dropping roster knowledge left and right following the exhibition game between them and the Cincinnati Reds. Here's what we've seen so far:
Soto as well.— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) March 29, 2014
Mesoraco will start season on DL and Tucker Barnhart has made Reds roster.— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) March 29, 2014
So, if Roger Bernadina, Trevor Bell, and Ramon Santiago each made the 25-man active roster, that requires 3 corresponding 40-man roster spots to have been opened. There's so far been no word on who has been DFA'd (or if anyone was placed on the 60 day DL).
Tucker Barnhart is on the 40-man roster already, so there will be no corresponding roster move needed for him to take Mesoraco's 25-man place while he's on the DL.
It's also been reported that Chris Nelson has opted out of his contract in order to seek Free Agency.
Stay tuned for updates.
- UPDATE -
It appears the Reds have opted for the prudent decision of using the 60 day DL to alleviate their roster crunch instead of a wave of DFAs:
Moving both Hannahan and Brett Marshall to the 60 day DL kicks the can down the road in terms of decision making, but it also opens up two spots on the 40-man roster without having to risk losing any of the younger prospects on the squad.
Despite his solid Spring Training, Pedro Beato isn't really much of a loss for even a depleted Reds' bullpen. Claimed from the Red Sox by the Reds at the end of October, Beato has struggled to a 4.55 ERA, 5.7 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9 in 89 career big league innings, so while losing him will crunch some of the depth the 'pen could have tapped, he won't be sorely missed. In fact, there's probably a chance he could clear waivers and end up at AAA Louisville, anyway. I rather hope so, because I was just getting used to doing this every time I heard his name.
Devin Mesoraco, Mat Latos, Aroldis Chapman, and Sean Marshall will each start the season on the 15 day DL, as each was placed there retroactively to March 21st. If my math is correct, that would render them eligible to return as early as April 6th. Jonathan Broxton and Skip Schumaker will also start the season on the 15 day DL, though the date of their retroactive injury stint is March 22nd, meaning they'll first be able to be activated on April 7th.
Also of note is that Jason Bourgeois, Jumbo Diaz, Corky Miller, and Jeff Francis have all agreed to head to Louisville to start the season. Props to the Reds for managing to keep such established depth in the organization.
Finally, and most importantly, it appears that Paul Janish will not be a Red. Still. Again.