Reds: 3 directions Cincinnati could go with Nick Senzel moving forward

Jul 24, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) center walks off the field with trainer Steve Baumann and Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 24, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) center walks off the field with trainer Steve Baumann and Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on before the MLB spring training game.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 25: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on before the MLB spring training game. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

2. The Reds could trade Nick Senzel this offseason.

Last week, given the information we had, I would have told you that trading Nick Senzel was the most likely scenario heading into the offseason. However, with this latest revelation surrounding Senzel’s knee injury, a trade may be less and less likely.

This is two-fold. First, Senzel’s trade value is never going to be much lower than it is right now. There are those throughout Reds Country who advocated for the team to trade Senzel years ago. While his trade value was likely at its peak in 2017, the Reds had no interest in trading a franchise-altering player coming off a season in the minor leagues in which he posted a .905 OPS.

At that time, Cincinnati was in the midst of a rebuild and Senzel looked like a key piece moving forward. The then-21-year-old was among the Top 10 prospects in all of baseball and had “star” written all over him. Unfortunately, that was the last time that Senzel was healthy over the course of an entire season.

A bout with vertigo, an injured finger, and sprained ankle marred the remainder of his minor league career, and we’re all familiar with how his major league career has played out. His injury-riddled past does not make Senzel highly coveted in the eyes of fellow GMs. While a trade may still be on the table, I can’t imagine Cincinnati getting much in return.