There is a rumour circulating that the Reds may be shopping Nick Senzel following the signing of Nicholas Castellanos, if that is the case, the Toronto Blue Jays need to be all-in attempting to acquire their centre fielder of the future.
According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, he has heard Nick Senzel‘s name on the market in a tweet from earlier today. It would take an overwhelming prospect laden return to lure Nick Senzel out of Cincinnati but it is definitely an endeavour worth overtaking if you’re the Blue Jays.
Senzel was drafted in the 1st round, 2nd overall in the 2016 amateur draft out of the University of Tennessee. The outfielder was a top prospect all through the minors culminating last season when he made his MLB debut.
The 24-year old has his ups and downs during his rookie campaign but still ended the season with a respectable .256/.315/.427 slash line with 12 homers and 14 stolen bases and a 0.6 WAR in 104 games.
Now the million-dollar question is what would it take and what would you be willing to pay to secure your centre fielder for the next decade?
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GM Ross Atkins recently appeared on “Tim and Sid” and spoke about the farm system and how it could sustain a trade involving prospects if the right fit presented itself. If I am the Jays, I would not include Nate Pearson and would prefer not to include Alek Manoah and Jordan Groshans.
However, I could see an initial offer of Simeon Woods Richardson, Alejandro Kirk and Griffin Conine potentially getting the two sides to the table and at least discussing Senzel. The Blue Jays also have a plethora of young minor league talent in the lower levels.
Senzel has the capabilities of being a generational talent whose age fits the Blue Jays timeline at a position they desperately need to be filled. As it stands right now the team is going into spring training with Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. pencilled in as their starters.
The likes of Anthony Alford, Derek Fisher, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Davis will all be looking to impress and nudge their way back into the outfield conversation. Ross Atkins needs to be all-in and if there is a window of opportunity to land Senzel.
What package would you offer to land the services of Senzel or would you stay the course?