Here's some very important information when it comes to determining the 25-man roster:
The following players are out of options -- Bronson Arroyo, Juan Castro, Francisco Cordero, Ryan Freel, Scott Hatteberg, Jeff Keppinger, Brandon Phillips, Javier Valentin and David Weathers.
That means any of the young relievers -- Todd Coffey, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray -- could start the year in Triple-A. Veterans like Mike Stanton can refuse a minor assignments. But the Reds have a lot of flexibility.