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The 2021 Reds roster is set

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Happy Opening Day! It took until the 11th hour, but the Reds’ 25-man 26-man roster is finally set. Here’s who will be in Cincinnati.

Rotation (5)

  • Luis Castillo
  • Tyler Mahle
  • Jeff Hoffman
  • Jose De León
  • Wade Miley

This is looking a bit weaker than it normally would with both Sonny Gray and Michael Lorenzen out, but most of the guys you’d expect to be here are here. Jose De León has a chance to impress, and Jeff Hoffman could make a splash to get considered for a long relief role when Lorenzen is healthy.

Bullpen (8)

  • Tejay Antone
  • Cam Bedrosian
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Carson Fulmer
  • Amir Garrett
  • Cionel Pérez
  • Sal Romano
  • Lucas Sims

Despite the losses of Raisel Iglesias and Archie Bradley, this should still be one of the strong points of this Reds team. Having Garrett, Sims, and Doolittle at the back of the bullpen should do a lot to take the pressure off of the rest of the guys here, and guys like Cionel Pérez, Cam Bedrosian, and Carson Fulmer could all see some success with this change of scenery. Tejay Antone is starting the year in relief while he battles some injury issues, but the way he’s pitched it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him make the jump to the rotation at some point in the next few months.

Catchers (2)

  • Tucker Barnhart
  • Tyler Stephenson

Easy peasy. Barnhart will likely get the majority of the time here, but I’d love to see Tyler Stephenson really get a chance. He’ll be a dangerous pinch-hitter for sure, but it would be great for his development to get some consistent time in the lineup. The DH can’t come soon enough.

Infielders (6)

  • Alex Blandino
  • Kyle Farmer
  • Jonathan India
  • Mike Moustakas
  • Eugenio Suarez
  • Joey Votto

There’s a lot to like here. Obviously, having Jonathan India up will be the most exciting piece to talk about in the Reds lineup, but having Eugenio Suarez and Mike Moustakas on the same side of the infield should give the Reds even more offensive firepower than they had last year. The biggest question mark right now is the health of Joey Votto, but he’s in the lineup today.

Happy for Alex Blandino, man.

Outfielders (5)

  • Aristides Aquino
  • Nick Castellanos
  • Tyler Naquin
  • Nick Senzel
  • Jesse Winker

Winker/Senzel/Castellanos will be your starting outfield to begin the season, but I’d expect to see them take a close, close look at Aristides Aquino now that he’s out of options. They’ll have to make a decision when Shogo Akiyama returns from the IL, so Aquino should be doing everything he can to plead his case so that they keep him around once Shogo is back in the fold.

Starting the year on the IL

  • Sonny Gray
  • Michael Lorenzen
  • Shogo Akiyama

Sonny is the most important piece on this list, and indications from his last simulated game were positive for a return in a few weeks. Lorenzen could go back to the bullpen when he returns to build innings up, and how the Reds handle Shogo with the other three outfielders is something we’ll be keeping an eye on.