The Cincinnati Reds have removed five players from the 40-man roster and all five cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. Pitchers Jon Moscot and Matt Magill are joined by outfielder Tyler Holt, utility player Patrick Kivlehan and catcher Rafael Lopez as players removed from the 40-man. Tyler Holt, Rafael Lopez and Matt Magill are all slated to now be free agents after the World Series is complete.

That leaves just Jon Moscot and Patrick Kivlehan that are likely to remain with the organization. Moscot suffered an elbow injury and isn’t likely to pitch next year after having Tommy John surgery in July. He may return late in the 2017 season. The right hander made 15 starts this season between Daytona (1 start), Louisville (9 starts) and Cincinnati (5 starts) before the injury and threw a total of74.2 innings with 27 walks and42 strikeouts.

Patrick Kivlehan got into three games for the Reds at the end of the season after being claimed on waivers in September. He went 0-5 with 2 strikeouts for the Reds. Shortly after the season ended he was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for the also recently claimed Arismendy Alcantara.

These moves get the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster down to 41 players, including those on the 60-day disabled list. There are only two players scheduled to become free agents, Alfredo Simon and Ross Ohlendorf, and when the World Series ends the team will then be down to 39 players. The team will have to find more roster spots as things get closer to late November when they have to decide who to add to the 40-man roster to protect from the Rule 5 draft. For a list of players eligible for protection/selection, I’ve got you covered right here. There will be some interesting decisions to be made and if I had to guess, some surprising names that could be left off.

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