4 Reds who could start at third base after trading Eugenio Suárez to the Mariners

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Kyle Farmer, left, talks with Cincinnati Reds third baseman.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Kyle Farmer, left, talks with Cincinnati Reds third baseman. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer via Imagn
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Nick Senzel (15) plays a ground ball.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Nick Senzel (15) plays a ground ball. / Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services,

4. Nick Senzel could play 3B for the Reds in 2022.

I know that both Nick Krall and David Bell have said that Nick Senzel will be competing for a spot in the Cincinnati Reds outfield, but why not return the former first-round pick to his natural spot on the infield dirt. Playing Senzel at third base makes too much sense.

Yes, you always worry about Senzel's durability. Unfortunately, that will follow the 26-year-old throughout his career. But, one would think that fielding ground balls would cause less wear and tear on Senzel's body than chasing down fly balls in the outfield and crashing into walls.

Senzel played third base throughout college at the University of Tennessee and during his minor league career. It wasn't until spring training in 2019 that the Cincinnati Reds looked to move Senzel to center field in order to get his bat into the lineup.

Senzel has faired well on the outfield grass, but he did get to play a few games on the infield last year as well. Perhaps Reds manager David Bell uses Nick Senzel similar to Kansas City's Whit Merrifield and former Chicago Cubs third baseman and current free agent Kris Bryant.

Next. Projecting the 2022 Reds Opening Day roster 1.0. dark

The Cincinnati Reds have no shortage of players who can suit up and play third base in 2022. There's also utility infielder Alejo Lopez and non-roster invitee Juniel Querecuto, both of whom appear to be long shots to make the Reds Opening Day roster.