3 players the Reds should non-tender this offseason, but probably won't

Aristides Aquino, Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds
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2. Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino should be non-tendered, but probably won't be.

It really is hard to believe that Aristides Aquino is still on the Cincinnati Reds roster. Make no mistake, fans throughout Reds Country would love nothing more than to see The Punisher find consistent success at the major league level. But it's something that's alluded him throughout his entire career.

Aquino is hitting .198/.248/.364 and has 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. The most troubling stat from that slash line is the on-base percentage. For his career, Aquino's OBP is below .300, but a .435 slugging percentage still brings his career-OPS up to .721.

Aquino gives a manager and front office so much to dream on. He has a cannon for an arm, plus-speed, and elite-level power. Aquino is one tool short of being a five-tool player. Unfortunately, his below-average bat makes him a liability in the lineup, as he oftentimes looks as though he has no idea what pitch is coming his way.

Aquino has always had a high strikeout-rate, and that's something that most managers can live with if the player offsets it by crushing 30-plus home runs or at least posting a walk-rate above 10.0%. Aquino has done neither and, according to FanGraphs, his BB/K of 0.17 is at an all-time low.

But, the Cincinnati Reds seem hold on to Aristides Aquino the same way that a toddler clings to his pacifier. While the Reds should non-tender Aquino this winter, it just seems unlikely. Do not be shocked in the least if The Punisher is the Reds Opening Day right fielder next season.