Veteran infielder Chris Reid is no longer a part of the LSU baseball program, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a phone interview with Tiger Rag.
The news comes as LSU is faced with an overmanned roster going into the 2018-19 season due to a large recruiting class and unexpected returns from draft-eligible players. LSU will begin fall practices with 36 players, Mainieri said, which is one above the NCAA limit.
“It was just a coach’s decision as far as personnel goes,” Mainieri said. “As you know, we were at 37 guys and we have to be at 35 by the time the season begins. Looking at the roster that we have, with some of the guys that are returning that we thought we might lose, we had to make some tough decisions. This was a tough decision obviously to not keep Chris for this next year.”
Reid, a senior, has the option to graduate from LSU and become eligible to transfer anywhere and play right away. Outfielder Cody Ducote exercised that route a couple years ago and finished out his career at UNO. Mainieri said he wasn’t sure what Reid planned to do.
A steady bat off the bench and utility infielder, Reid hit .267 in 46 games (17 starts) last season.