The Cincinnati Reds will have 25 roster players come their Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 31.
Tuesday, the organization made its first efforts in getting closer to that number when 16 players were either optioned, reassigned or released after the club's 15th game of the spring against the San Francisco Giants.
The Reds optioned right-handed pitchers Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino and Chad Rogers along with left-handed pitcher David Holmberg and outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville. Contreras, Corcino, Rogers and Holmberg were a combined 0-2 with a 14.75 ERA in 11 Spring Training appearances, inflated by Corcino's 13 earned runs in two innings pitched.
Additionally, the club optioned outfielders Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez along with left-handed pitcher Ismael Guillon to Double-A Pensacola. Right-handed pitcher Tim Crabbe and top prospects Michael Lorenzen and Robert Stephenson along with catchers Max Ramirez and Rossmel Perez and infielder Rey Navarro were reassigned to minor league camp.
Lastly, the Reds released infielder Henry Rodriguez, who led the Louisville Bats with a .274 batting average and 131 hits in 126 games split between second and third base in 2013. Rodriguez was previously designated for assignment just before Spring Training began in February but cleared waivers and rejoined the team as a non-roster invitee in Goodyear, Ariz.
There are currently 44 players remaining in Reds camp with only 19 days remaining between now and Opening Day, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.