The front office took care of the Blue Jays’ biggest need this offseason by fixing the starting rotation. But one glaring hole still exists, centre field.
As it stands, Teoscar Hernandez will start in centre field for the Blue Jays on opening day. While Hernandez had a strong second half he was also so poor in the first half that he had a stint in Buffalo.
The Blue Jays have been linked to the likes of Yasiel Puig but I already shared my opinion on him in a previous post about the Jays outfield situation. You can read that here.
I am of the team that doesn’t believe Hernandez has a future on this team but he is the best that we have right now. But someone might just have fallen into our laps.
The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly shopping centre fielder Nick Senzel after their signing of Nicholas Castellanos.
Senzel, 24, was the second overall selection in the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. He made his debut in 2019 and played in 104 games for the Reds. The start to his career wasn’t what everyone projected but it wasn’t horrible, remind you of anyone? He slashed .256/.315/.742 and struck out 101 times.
Nick Senzel was slightly below average in centre last season with -1 DRS but compared to Hernandez’ -7 DRS, Senzel would be a treat to watch in the field. I would also expect Senzel’s defence to improve in 2020 as 2019 was his first attempt at playing outfield in his professional career.
He played almost exclusively at third base (196 games) in his first three seasons as a part of the Reds organization. But in 2019 he played eight games in centre for AAA Louisville before getting the call to the show.
The price tag
It isn’t abundantly clear what the Reds would be looking for in return for the young centre fielder but it is rumoured they are looking for help at shortstop, pitching, or catcher.
Acquiring Senzel wouldn’t be cheap but I think a package including one of the Jays young catchers and young pitchers can intrigue Cincinnati.
I still believe Danny Jansen will be the starting catcher on opening day for the Blue Jays. He was strong defensively last season and is historically a better hitter than Reese McGuire in the minor leagues. Teams have reached out to the Jays about acquiring one of the young catchers and I think this is the perfect opportunity to sell high on McGuire’s strong offensive output in 2019.
It’s a possible a package of McGuire, Alek Manoah, and Orelvis Martinez might be able to entice the Reds into dealing away the former top 10 prospect.
The deal would be a win on both sides, the Jays would acquire their centre fielder of the future and the Reds would upgrade at catcher.
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