Reds: 3 players who could lose their roster spot when Nick Senzel returns

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 10: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds gets ready in the batters box. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 10: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds gets ready in the batters box. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts during a game.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 04: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts during a game. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

3. Amir Garrett, Reds reliever

This seems like the most unlikely scenario, but wait just a moment before you rush to judgment. While Tyler Naquin and Heath Hembree seem like the most likely candidates to lose their roster spot when Nick Senzel returns from his rehab assignment, I would not be shocked to see the Cincinnati Reds move on from Amir Garrett.

By now I’m sure some readers feel as though the writers at Blog Red Machine have it out for Amir Garrett. That’s just not the case. However, his numbers speak for themselves and the left-hander haas not produced this season. Furthermore, the three-batter minimum doesn’t help Garrett’s case to remain on the roster.

Prior to the 2021 season, I lamented the fact that AG’s lefty/ righty splits were concerning. Last season, Garrett was dominant against left-handed batters, allowing opposing left-handed hitters to post an OPS of just .258. Right-hander batters, however, lit up AG to the tune of .231/.268/.538.

This season has seen right-handed hitters continue their dominance against Garrett, slashing .292/.387/.585 against the southpaw. However, Garrett has not been effective against left-handed batters either. AG is allowing a slash line of .222/.347/.381 with three of his eight home runs allowed coming off lefties.

Jeff Hoffman is also likely on the shortlist, though, like Amir Garrett the former Colorado Rockies’ reliever would have to be designated for assignment, as neither Hoffman nor Garrett have any minor league options remaining. Sean Doolittle is another name to be on the lookout for, but the southpaw has pitched much better of late.