3 Reds players who don't deserve to be on the 40-man roster
By Drew Koch
Nick Senzel does not deserve to be on the Reds 40-man roster.
The Cincinnati Reds bid farewell to Aristides Aquino and Mike Moustakas earlier this offseason. Both players, who figured prominently in years past, had worn out their welcome in the Queen City. The same can be said for Nick Senzel, and yet, the former first-round pick is still on the 40-man roster.
This spring could spell the end for the 27-year-old, as Senzel will face competition for playing time from the group a group of young outfielders. Michael Siani, TJ Friedl, and Stuart Fairchild will all look to dethrone Senzel as the Reds starting centerfielder in 2023.
There've been rumors about a possible position change or even a super utility role for Senzel in 2023. However, with players like Alejo Lopez and Spencer Steer on the roster, and Matt Reynolds in camp, that idea may have to take a back seat.
If Senzel is going to remain on the Cincinnati Reds roster, he's going to have to fight for his job. Not only are the likes of Fairchild, Friedl, and Siani looking for a spot on the Reds Opening Day roster, but former first-round pick Matt McLain has yet to be added to the 40-man roster. Cincinnati also acquired Nick Solak in a trade earlier this offseason.
Nick Senzel has had more than enough chances to prove his worth, and has a career-bWAR of -1.8 to show for it. The Reds have been very patient with Senzel throughout his career, but their patience may be wearing thin.