3 Reds players who could be traded to clear roster spots for Rule 5 eligible prospects

The Reds will need to add several prospects to the roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.

Cincinnati Reds infielders Nick Senzel and Jose Barrero
Cincinnati Reds infielders Nick Senzel and Jose Barrero / Denis Poroy/GettyImages
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3. The Reds could trade Nick Senzel to clear roster space

Reports have emerged that the Cincinnati Reds are likely to non-tender Nick Senzel later this week. There's every reason to believe that most clubs will wait until the Reds and Senzel finally part ways before Friday's non-tender deadline, but another club could step up and trade for Senzel today.

Senzel hit just .236/.297/.399 with a wRC+ of 83 according to FanGraphs. However, the 28-year-old slashed .347/.389/.619 against left-handed pitching this past season.

It's become apparent that the Cincinnati organization and Senzel will not be joined in 2024. The Reds relegated the former first-round pick to a part-time role and eventually even optioned him to Triple-A.

Senzel did make a brief return late in the season, and actually played quite well. The University of Tennessee alum also offers positional flexibility, though he's played better defense on the infield dirt than the outfield grass.

The question becomes whether or not Senzel even has trade value at this point, especially with that arbitration number sitting at over $3-million according to MLB Trade Rumors. Most teams are probably more likely to wait out the Reds decision and sign Senzel once he becomes a free agent.

But it only takes one, and if there's a team who believes that Nick Senzel is more than just a part-time player and would like to install the former No. 2 overall pick at the hot corner heading into 2024, there's a chance that Reds could trade him later today.

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