The Cincinnati Reds made six moves on Monday including the release of pitcher Paul Maholm to bring the roster down to 30.
Only 27 of those 30 are active as Jason Bourgeois (shoulder), Homer Bailey (elbow), and Sean Marshall (shoulder) will all start the season on the disabled list. Maholm was set to receive a $100,000 bonus. Mahaolm was competing for a roster spot and posted a 2.19 ERA in five games this spring, but the Reds did not have room for him in the rotation and were hoping that he would except a role in the bullpen or start the season in Louisville. However, the 32-year will be looking elsewhere for a starting job, but he has only posted three winning seasons during his ten year career.
Pedro Villarreal accepted his demotion to Louisville after his horrendous spring while Kyle Skipworth, Nate Adcock, Ivan De Jesus Jr., and Irving Falu have all been assigned to minor league camp. De Jesus and Falu both had strong springs, but the competition for the final two bench spots was just too strong from Brennan Boesch and Chris Dominguez. Boesch easily has the most Major League experience with 430 while the other three have a combined 103 games. Dominguez and Boesch have also shown some power combining for seven homers and 27 RBI to all but solidify their spots on the Opening Day roster.
That would leave the final decisions to be made in pitching staff. Kevin Gregg is still looking for a chance to get into the bullpen while Jason Marquis is set for a spot in the rotation. The other players involved in the final moves are Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen. The Reds initially thought that Iglesias would be the one to grab the final spot in then rotation, but recently Lorenzen got a chance to shine when Johnny Cueto left to take care of his mother in the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile Iglesias has struggled in his last outings giving up nine runs in his last two starts.
Cincinnati has five more days to decide before Opening Day and three more days until they leave Goodyear, Ariz., for Montreal and a weekend exhibition with the Blue Jays.