Reds IF/OF Nick Senzel will be non-tendered
As the deadline draws near, it appears as though Reds fans will be saying goodbye to the team's 2016 first-round pick. Nick Senzel, who's ended three of his five seasons on the injured list, has been rumored to be on chopping block for weeks.
Things have always been a bit tense when it comes to the relationship between the Reds and Senzel. But this last season saw things come to a boil when Cincinnati made the decision to option Senzel to Triple-A.
The club then began to endure several injuries after sending Senzel down, but players like the aforementioned Nick Martini and Henry Ramos were getting called up in his place. Senzel eventually returned and played quite well over the final month of the season.
Senzel brings great versatility to the Cincinnati Reds lineup and posted a terrific slash line against left-handed pitchers in 2023. But after discussing his part-time role with the Reds management ahead of last year's trade deadline, one can surmise that there is definitely friction between the two sides.
At this point, the best thing for both parties would be to split up. Given their roster depth, the Cincinnati Reds can weather the loss of Nick Senzel, and the former No. 2 overall pick could use a fresh start. Senzel is also estimated to earn $3.0-million through arbitration this offseason.