Cincinnati Reds cut ties with former top prospect

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel (15) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a Joey Votto...
Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel (15) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a Joey Votto single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(Jeff Dean | AP)
Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 7:54 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2023 at 8:05 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The once-promising Cincinnati Reds career of Nick Senzel finally rolled to its long-anticipated end when the team’s former No. 2 overall draft pick was non-tendered at Friday’s deadline for committing to 2024 contracts for arbitration-eligible players, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Senzel, 28, becomes a free agent. A source confirmed the decision that has been expected for months.

The Reds were expected to announce decisions on all eight arbitration-eligible players by Friday’s 8 p.m. deadline.

Senzel said he expected to be traded at the Aug. 1 trade deadline this season and, after trade talks gained little traction, said afterward he would have welcomed a change of scenery, given steep decreases in playing time.

One of the top-ranked prospects in baseball leading up to his 2019 big-league debut, Senzel battled injuries and slumps, never playing more than 110 games in a season or producing a league-average OPS.

His defensive versatility, however, proved valuable, particularly in center field and at third base. The right-handed hitter was one of the Reds’ best hitters against left-handers, producing a .947 OPS in 149 plate appearances this season against lefties.

Senzel, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville briefly in August, made $1.95 million this season. At least one projection suggested he might make $3 million through arbitration in 2024.

Senzel posted a picture on his Instagram account Friday night of his family in Reds gear at Great American Ball Park with the message accompanied by a heart emoji: “It was an honor. Excited for the future.”

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