4. Reds utility player Nick Senzel might not be back in 2024.
Moving on from Nick Senzel is a something that became clearer during the season. In fact, were it not for a midseason injury to Joey Votto, Senzel may have finished the 2023 season at Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds optioned Senzel to Triple-A in August, but recalled the utility player after a rash of injuries and several placements on the COVID-19-related injured list forced the front office's hand.
Senzel's role with the ball club has been reduced to little more than platoon bat against left-handed pitching. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, Senzel excelled in that role this season and was one of the best hitters league-wide against southpaws.
The problem is, Senzel voiced his displeasure with that role before the trade deadline. While Cincinnati was unable to find a trade partner or a deal that suited them, the Reds now have the entire offseason to find a mutually beneficial deal.
Nick Senzel never lived up to the hype in Cincinnati. But that's not to say that he wouldn't find success with a new organization. A position change during his rookie season and a lot of injuries really torpedoed Senzel's career. Perhaps the former first-round pick will latch on with a new team this winter.