Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

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In January, former Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden proposed the following swap in a piece for The Athletic: “Francisco Lindor is traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Nick Senzel, infielder Jonathan India, right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle and a player to be named in a four-for-one blockbuster deal.”
It didn’t happen, but the Reds still have a need at shortstop. Senzel, the second overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft, has shown flashes in two big league seasons and has the tools to be a well-rounded big league center fielder.
Mahle may be off-limits after emerging as a piece of the future for the Reds in 2020 with a 3.59 ERA and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 47.2 frames. But a high-upside MiLB arm such as India added to Senzel should be enough for a year of Lindor’s services.
Lindor, meanwhile, would push Cincinnati closer to the top of a crowded National League Central, though the Reds might be hard-pressed to wow him with an extension offer that would keep him from testing free agency.