3. The Reds should consider offering Nick Senzel a contract extension.
Oh boy, this is sure to ruffle some feathers. Next to Joey Votto, there may be no more polarizing player on the Cincinnati Reds than Nick Senzel. But what Reds Country has seen from Senzel this spring has to be encouraging.
For the first time since his rookie season, Senzel looks comfortable in the batters' box. On the season, Senzel is hitting .263/.333/.415 with six of his 22 hits going for extra bases. Senzel also has two stolen bases on the season.
Senzel is under team control through 2025. That means the Reds have his services for two more seasons beyond this one. Senzel and the Reds avoided arbitration this offseason and agreed on a one-year deal worth about $2-million.
When you talk about Nick Senzel, you have to consider the injuries, right? The former first-round pick has ended three of the past four seasons on the IL. That's problematic. But, since returning to third base, Senzel has shown why he was taken with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Signing Senzel to a contract extension should definitely be a wait-and-see situation. But, if Senzel continues to hit and play defense like he has to begin the season while also staying healthy, there could still be a future for the 27-year-old in Cincinnati.