Cincinnati Reds Non-Tender Nick Senzel, Ending Once-Promising Career
Former No. 2 Overall Draft Pick Becomes Free Agent
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Cincinnati Reds have made the decision to non-tender Nick Senzel, their former No. 2 overall draft pick, at Friday’s deadline for committing to 2024 contracts for arbitration-eligible players, according to sources at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Senzel, 28, will now become a free agent, a decision that has been anticipated for months.
The Reds were expected to announce their decisions on all eight arbitration-eligible players by Friday’s 8 p.m. deadline.
Senzel had expressed his expectation to be traded at the Aug. 1 trade deadline this season. However, trade talks did not gain much traction, and he admitted that he would have welcomed a change of scenery due to a significant decrease in playing time.
Once considered one of the top-ranked prospects in baseball, Senzel’s career has been plagued by injuries and slumps. He has never played more than 110 games in a season or produced a league-average OPS.
Despite his struggles, Senzel’s defensive versatility has been valuable, particularly in center field and at third base. Additionally, as a right-handed hitter, he has been one of the Reds’ most effective batters against left-handers, boasting a .947 OPS in 149 plate appearances this season.
In August, Senzel was briefly optioned to Triple-A Louisville. He earned $1.95 million this season, and projections suggested he could have made $3 million through arbitration in 2024.
Following the news, Senzel took to his Instagram account to share a picture of his family in Reds gear at Great American Ball Park, expressing gratitude and excitement for the future.
The Cincinnati Reds also tweeted a farewell message to Senzel, thanking him for his dedication to the city and organization.
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