With so many departures, including Mike Moustakas' recent DFAing, Nick Senzel is one of the nearest things to a veteran these Reds teams have. True, he hasn't quite lived up to the expectations set upon him once he was called up several years ago, but he was at least as present as he could be this season. Senzel played in 110 games, and hit .231 with 25 RBIs.
2023 Prediction: Senzel is eventually gonna give the Reds one season that's something like what was promised, and I reckon it's gonna be next year. I also reckon the Reds are gonna get their hopes up too much because of it, or perhaps another team will.
2023 Prediction: Perhaps a slight upgrade overseas?
2023 Prediction: I reckon he retires, but he might still try a minor league, heh, deal somewhere.
2023 Prediction: With Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft and Vladimir Gutierrez looking at the first four rotation spots, Overton has a slight edge over Justin Dunn, and I think with a good spring he'll take the fifth spot.
2023 Prediction: An improvement, and possibly a big year given the lack of big stars to compete with.
2023 Prediction: A nice backup role somewhere, I hope.
2023 Prediction: ...wouldn't it be funny if he has the better season than Senzel?
UPDATE: Not long after I posted this, I discovered I was the recipient of one of, ironically, Reds fan Chris at Nachos Grande's end of the year superlatives. In a category that was unbeknownst to me until I read the post, I was one of the finalists for the 'Best Under the Radar Blog' category, which is honestly a pretty perfect summation of what I go for. I thank whoever nominated me, and I thank all of you who've continued to read the blog over the years. May your Christmases be merry, bright, and warm.
As usual, I'm leaving tomorrow blank for the holiday, but on Monday, a few extra players from the team I barely did any customs from this year.