5 players still on the Reds roster who should be non-tendered

The Cincinnati Reds will need to create some roster spots in the coming weeks.

Cincinnati Reds infielder Nick Senzel
Cincinnati Reds infielder Nick Senzel / Adam Hunger/GettyImages
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4. Reds IF/OF Nick Senzel should be non-tendered

There is a scenario in which it makes a lot of sense to keep Nick Senzel on the 40-man roster. The former first-round is one of the most versatile defenders in the clubhouse, and he absolutely slayed left-handed pitching last season.

But if the Cincinnati Reds are unable to find a trade partner, it's time for the club to part ways with Senzel. This move was foreshadowed last season after the Reds decided to option Senzel to Triple-A.

It was only after a number of injuries that he even returned to the roster. Don't forget, Senzel was left in the minors while players like Henry Ramos, Nick Martini, and Stuart Fairchild were getting at-bats over him.

There were plenty of reports that emerged around the MLB trade deadline suggesting that Senzel and his representation met with Reds leadership to discuss his role with the ball club. Sennzel had become little more than a platoon option who only saw the field when a southpaw was on the bump.

If the Cincinnati Reds already had conversations with the other clubs before the trade deadline, those talks could reemerge shortly after the offseason officially begins. Don't be shocked if, as was the case with Tucker Barnhart in 2021, Nick Senzel is traded shortly after the World Series is over.

If not, it's time for the Reds to non-tender Senzel. While both parties own partial blame for things not working out, it's painfully obvious that it's time for Senzel and the Reds to part company.