3 takeaways following the Reds surprising move to option Nick Senzel to Triple-A

This move was surprising, but necessary.

Cincinnati Reds infielder Nick Senzel
Cincinnati Reds infielder Nick Senzel / Rob Leiter/GettyImages
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2. Optioning Nick Senzel is vote of confidence for Stuart Fairchild.

While Nick Senzel certainly isn't happy about being optioned to Triple-A, this is definitely a vote of confidence for Stuart Fairchild. The Reds could have just as easily optioned Fairchild back to the minors or even TJ Hopkins for that matter.

Look for Fairchild to get more opportunities for regular playing time, especially against left-handed pitching. Instead of Senzel playing out of position on the outfield grass, David Bell can now rely on the speed and glove of Fairchild.

With Henry Ramos joining the fray, there's potential for the veteran to give the Reds more than just a left-handed bat off the bench. Don't forget that Ramos played on the big league club earlier this season after just missing out on making the Opening Day roster.

Ramos, while he's unlikely to fill Jake Fraley's shoes, brings a switch-hitting power bat to the Reds lineup. The day before Ramos joined the club, he walloped a home run for Triple-A Louisville that flew nearly 500 feet.

Stuart Fairchild is under team control for several more seasons, and it appears as though he'll get the opportunity to showcase his talents over the final stretch of the 2023 season. This is a tremendous chance for both Fairchild and Ramos to prove that they belong in the big leagues and can factor into the team's future.