Mateo-- Out of Options will be #5 OF unless included in a trade.
I know I've been stating that Ruben is out of options since late last season, but that is wrong. In yesterday's Enquirer it was written that Ruben could be an odd man out because he still has options, so I decided to check.
Ruben was first called up to Texas in 1999, played for a month, and then basically spent the rest of the season on the DL, so he wasn't optioned after his call up.
In 2000, he started the year with Texas, played for two months, and then broke his leg and was out for the rest of the season. So he wan't optioned that year, eigher.
So, the only two years he has been optioned are '01 and '02. That leaves him with an option for '03. With Wily Mo starting the year on the DL, Ruben may make the Reds out of spring training if he can beat out Guillen. But when/if Wily Mo has to be activated, look for Ruben to head down to Louisville.