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Lack of depth will hold Reds back

The Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day roster appears to be set and it will include four nonroster spring training invitees. Pitchers Sam LeCure and Dylan Axelrod were outrighted to Louisville on Thursday to clear room on the 40-man roster for pitchers Jason Marquis and Kevin Gregg, outfielder Brennan Boesch and infielder Chris Dominguez. LeCure had to clear waivers and accept the…

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Batting order optimization and bruised egos

If recent spring training lineups are any indication, Reds manager Bryan Price is considering going with Billy Hamilton at leadoff, Joey Votto second and Brandon Phillips third in the batting order to start the season. Price told reporters Sunday morning the lineup isn’t set, but moving Votto from his customary No. 3 spot to batting second wouldn’t be a bad…

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What Reds’ next big contract would look like (if there is one)

On the heels of the Reds signing catcher Devin Mesoraco to a four-year extension, there’s been reports the team also has had conversations with representatives for third baseman Todd Frazier, whose 2015 contract is unsettled. The Reds should get their money’s worth from Mesoraco, but would extending Frazier or other key pieces of the team make sense? The Reds have…

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Can Suarez’s bat win more games than Cozart’s glove?

On Dec. 11, 2012, the Reds traded Didi Gregorius to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team swap that brought Shin Soo Choo to Cincinnati and solidified Zack Cozart as the team’s shortstop going forward. Two years to the day after that trade, the Reds acquired Eugenio Suarez, a player who will serve this season as Cozart’s backup — or his…

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