Today is cut day, and I expected that we’d already know who was being cut. Not so fast, my friend. The Reds are having a hard time deciding how to pare down the roster.

One key component to these final few roster decisions, of course, is the fifth starter. We’ve beaten that horse to death, sure, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep it up. Check out the new poll in the left sidebar. Make your choice!

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. The biggest disappointment for me is if they don’t cut Aaron Miles. That will be proof that factors other than “taking the best 25 players east” will dominate the decision making. Factors like how Miles played for Jocketty in St. Louis or that he is making $2.7 million and the Reds don’t understand how to evaluate sunk costs.

    I hope Drew Sutton is the second utility IF, but I understand if they go with Burke or Cairo, each of whom has shown some hitting and position flexibility. Miles has demonstrated neither of those this year or last.

  2. Leake for 5th starter! Cut Burke, Miles, Lincoln send Wood, Sutton, Burton down .

  3. @Jeff: Burke is on a Minor League contract. There is no reason to cut him. If he doesn’t make the Reds out of camp, he could come in handy down the road.

  4. @RiverCity Redleg: Burke is a complete waste of room. If someone goes down do to injury its mostly likely they’ll be calling up Sutton, Frazier or Francisco. I don’t think he could succeed at all in a PH role and you don’t want him taking ab’s away from any of the youngsters on the Bats its already getting crowded enough down there.

  5. Man, do I ever not care about the last man in the bullpen and the last man in the infield. These guys are not going to play much and they’ll change about 300,000,000 times during the season. I just refuse to get worked up and every time I feel the bile working around, I remember that we have three of the top pitching prospects around competing for our fifth starter spot. Remembering that, it’s hard to care about Miles, Sutton, or Burke.

  6. With Cueto having back spasms today AND not pitching well, the REDS might be wondering who should be taking his spot. Personally, I vote for Leake. He’s had a great spring, and you could argue that 4 years of college at the highest level is equal to at least AA worth of experience.

  7. I’m for starting the season with 4 starters, not bringing up a 5th until needed. With his back spasms and the way he pitched today, Cueto would not necessarily be one of the 4, in my book. In any case, keep Leake and Wood startong on a regular basis, wherever they are.

    I do care who the 24th and 25th players are. We’ll carry 12 pitchers most of the season, so they will be the 12th and 13th position players and a big part of the bench. A lot of close games come down to the quality of your bench.

    Plus depth is important in the course of 162 games. If you send the wrong people packing now (out of the organization), it will hurt down the road.

  8. Kip Wells got a vote…seriously? 🙄

  9. I ask the Reds…”Where’s the beef?” (for those old enough to remember)…as of 7:38 AM Friday morning, only cuts are Corky Miller and Carlos Fisher, still 38 guys on the big league roster.

    Speaking of Louisville…anyone happy with a catching duo of Miller (too old) and Castillo (can’t catch)?

    • Speaking of Louisville…anyone happy with a catching duo of Miller (too old) and Castillo (can’t catch)?

      I’ve got no problem at all with Corky Miller at AAA. Obviously, it’d be a lot cooler if we had some stud prospect down there delaying his arbitration by a year, but I really liked the way Corky worked with the pitching staff at the end of last season. I can’t quantify it, but I just felt confident the pitcher would do well when he started.

      It’s too bad he can’t hit a lick, but I’ll bet he ends up becoming a very good manager someday.

    • I ask the Reds…”Where’s the beef?” (for those old enough to remember)…as of 7:38 AM Friday morning, only cuts are Corky Miller and Carlos Fisher, still 38 guys on the big league roster.Speaking of Louisville…anyone happy with a catching duo of Miller (too old) and Castillo (can’t catch)?

      Funny, but it’s on 4:38 in the morning Arizona time.

      • Funny, but it’s on 4:38 in the morning Arizona time.

        Good point..I keep forgetting it…but if I’m up..EVERYBODY SHOULD BE UP! But, that said…it’s now 2:35 EDST and still nothing.

  10. PS to my Cueto comment. He also pitched badly recently (I think his start previous to yesterday’s ?) against a minor league team. Something might be wrong.

    • PS to my Cueto comment. He also pitched badly recently (I think his start previous to yesterday’s ?) against a minor league team. Something might be wrong.

      I heard he didn’t take this outing very seriously…which says more about his maturity than his health.

  11. @Steve:

    Reds understand sunk costs like everyone else with a limited payroll. If you eat $2.7 mil, you still have to pay the money AND his replacement.

    Taking the 25-best hasn’t been the most deciding factor since the birth of free agency. Nothing new, nothing novel. Why bellyache about the same considerations most every team in every sports has to confront?

  12. @Mr. R: The fact that the Reds (and others) take into acct Miles’ $2.7m indicates they do not fully comprehend sunk costs. If you have to pay his salary regardless of whether he makes the team, then his salary should not be considered. Only incremental costs are relevant. If there is no incremental costs to the team to keep Cairo or Sutton and cut Miles, then that’s what they should do.

  13. Come on!!

    Daddy, when are we going to get there?!

  14. @RiverCity Redleg: Whoa! 😯 Hey now. Hold on…

    You are making TOO much sense. 😉

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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