3 Reds players still in danger of losing their roster spot at the non-tender deadline

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Alejo Lopez.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Alejo Lopez. / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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3. The Reds could still non-tender OF Nick Senzel.

This move could save the Cincinnati Reds some money - something that Bob Castellini likes to do. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Senzel will be owed approximately $2.2M in 2023 despite having one his worst performances in the batters' box.

Who is Nick Senzel? As Reds Country readies to enter Year 5 of the Senzel in center field experiment, it still feels as though the fans have no clue what to expect from the former first-round pick?

Have the injuries taken their toll? Yes. Did the Reds screw up his development by transitioning him to the outfield? Probably. But none of those things should impact what Senzel does when he's at the plate.

Despite playing in a career-high 110 games in 2022, Senzel posted the worst fWAR (-0.6) of his career and a mere 66 eRC+ according to FanGraphs. While so many Reds fans hold out hope that Senzel can one day ascend to heights that came with the hype of being the No. 2 overall pick, it just doesn't seem to be in the cards for the University of Tennesee alum.

Taking a peek at next year's roster, one would think that Senzel would platoon with Michael Siani in center field and perhaps find some time on the infielder dirt in some sort of utility role. Senzel's salary is relatively inexpensive if he plays up to his potential, but in four years, he's yet to do so. Nick Senzel could be non-tendered later this week.

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