Cincinnati Reds: 3 outfielders most likely to be traded this offseason

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during a game. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during a game. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Chicago White Sox.
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Chicago White Sox. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

3. Constant injuries may keep the Reds from trading Nick Senzel.

Given the way Cincinnati’s outfield is currently constructed, dealing Nick Senzel might make the most sense. After all, Shogo Akiyama can handle center field and should be in the lineup nearly every day. The Reds then have a plethora of options to platoon in left field while Nick Castellanos could anchor right. The problem is, Cincinnati may not be able to get much value for Senzel.

This situation looks eerily similar to that of Aristides Aquino, but for different reasons. While Aquino may be on the block due to his poor offensive performance, Senzel may find his way onto the trade block because of his inability to stay on the field. That said, any inquiring team would never give the Reds proper value for Senzel’s services.

Nick Senzel is a former first-rounder, and while loaded with potential, the 25 year-old played only 104 games during his rookie season and was limited to just 23 games during last year’s 60-game season. Senzel suffered through injuries at the minor league level as well, and there’s been no rhyme or reason to it.

Senzel was moved from third base to the Reds outfield in 2019 and played admirably for his first time leaving the infield dirt. A move back to the infield seems unlikely, though there is an opening at shortstop. However, the Cincinnati coaching staff has invested a lot of time into helping Senzel become a proficient outfielder.

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In the end, I find it highly unlikely that Nick Senzel will be dealt. While he has a favorable contract situation for a team looking to rebuild, few teams would give up high-level prospects in return for a player who has yet to prove he can stay healthy.