In what can only be described as a surprise, the Cincinnati Reds optioned infielder Nick Senzel to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. The Reds then selected the contract of outfielder Henry Ramos and designated Eduardo Salazar for assignment.
Senzel, while he didn't outright request a trade, had a meeting with Reds manager David Bell and GM Nick Krall prior to the trade deadline to discuss his role with the team. The former first-round pick had become little more than a platoon option for Bell against left-handed pitchers.
Whether that was a contribuiting factor or not, we may never know. But the fact of the matter is that Senzel's playing time was great reduced, and even when he was playing, he wasn't producing. So what does this move mean going forward?
1. Expect to see the Reds trade Nick Senzel during the offseason.
Even before Friday's transaction, it felt as though the Cincinnati Reds and Nick Senzel were set to part ways during the offseason. This move virtually seals the deal.
There aren't many left-handers on the Reds schedule over the next couple of weeks, so with Senzel only seeing the field against southpaws, it made little sense for him to occupy a roster spot over the upcoming 10-game road trip.
Selected with the second-overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Senzel has never lived up to the hype. Several injuries has been the main culprit, but Senzel has been relatively healthy this season. Senzel has played in 80 games so far this year, but his numbers are replacement level.
Senzel has hit just .219/.290/.368 this season. Against right-handed pitchers, those numbers are even worse. The University of Tennessee product is slashing just .175/.251/.281 in 179 plate appearances against right-handers.
The 27-year-old is owed a raise through arbitration this offseason, and with such a limited role, it seems unlikely that the Cincinnati Reds will look to bring Nick Senzel back in 2024.