Nick Senzel has priced himself out of the Reds plans for 2024
There's a world where Nick Senzel can still be part of the Cincinnati Reds roster in 2024, but after being optioned back to Triple-A this past summer, that seems to be more of a dream than a reality.
The fact of the matter is that Senzel, at least on this year's Reds team, is a platoon player. Senzel had great success against left-handed pitching and displayed his defensive versatility multiple times during the 2023 season.
However, there appeared to be a rift at the middle of the season after Senzel, his agent, and the Reds' management discussed his decreased role on the ball club. With Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Spencer Steer, Senzel had become a part-time player.
That role will not change next season, in fact, it may only get worse. With MLB Trade Rumors predicting that Senzel's 2024 salary could be $3-million, it's easy to see how the two sides might decide to part ways during the offseason.
I still believe Nick Senzel holds value, and rather than non-tendering the 27-year-old, I'd rather see Nick Krall work his magic and find another team willing to take on the former first-round pick. Senzel is looking for a new chance, and the Reds will be looking to replace him on the 40-man roster. This seems like all but a sure thing.