Most of the civilized world knows today as Friday the 13th. Here in Redleg Nation, though, it may become known as Nick Senzel Day.
As our Steve Mancuso reported in a post that was lauded by members of the Cincinnati media for its clarity, today is the date minor league players can be promoted in the 2018 season and not accrue a full year of service time.
In short, players must accumulate six full years of MLB service time before they can declare free agency. Until then, they are tied to their current teams unless traded or released. A year of service time is defined as 172 calendar days. If Senzel joins the team today and stays on the roster the remainder of the season, the most calendar days of major league service time he can accumulate are 171 – one day short of what is considered a full year of service in the collective bargaining agreement.
Under that scenario, this year would not count as one of Senzel’s six full-service years. In effect, the Reds would have potential control over Senzel’s status for this season and the next six thereafter, or through the 2024 season.
There are some good reasons Senzel may not be promoted today:
1) The future salary implications of his possible Super-2 status;
2) He only has 29 Class AAA at-bats (with six hits) in early-season action with Louisville. There’s a good argument to be made to allow him to get comfortable at Class AAA
It certainly seems that this team needs an infusion of talent at this point. Marty Brennaman summed it up quite well during last night’s wipeout at the hands of the Cardinals:
“This game conjures up that old question, ‘How we lookin?’ and the answer would be, most decidedly…not too good.” Marty and Jeff team up to summarize this brutal 13-4 drubbing in the 9th. #reds #cardinals
— TitanicStruggle (@TitanicStruggle) April 13, 2018
Those of us here at Redleg Nation certainly feel his pain:
“You know how painful this is to watch? It’s unbelievable.” Marty chimes in during Jeff’s call in the 7th after the Reds’ bullpen surrenders back-to-back home runs and 4 consecutive walks. Not good. #reds
— TitanicStruggle (@TitanicStruggle) April 13, 2018
My perspective: Let Senzel get comfortable at Louisville and start swinging the bat like he did last year at Class AA Pensacola before rushing him up to the bigs. Seems pretty clear that no one player is going to make enough of a difference to make this team competitive this year, which is literally the worst 12-game start (2-10) for any Reds team in my 55-year lifetime.
UPDATE (Steve M.): Senzel is in Louisville’s lineup tonight. AND he’s playing 2B. The encouraging way to look at that is the news on Eugenio Suarez’s thumb is positive. There have been instances of players with fractured thumbs coming back after two weeks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We here at Redleg Nation will let you know as soon as possible if we learn that today actually does become Nick Senzel day. The second game of the four-game home series against the Cardinals begins tonight at 6:40 p.m. Eastern time.
Righthander Weaver pitched 97 innings combined for the Cardinals in the previous two seasons, and opened eyes last year with a 7-2 record and 3.88 ERA (2.93 xFiP). Scooter Gennett is the only Red with more than one hit against Weaver in head-to-head matchups.
Mahle had a great first start (six shutout innings) and a pedestrian second start. He’s looking to get back on track to the form he displayed against the Cubs in his lone win of the year to date. In one start against the Cardinals last year, Jose Martinez was the only Redbird with more than one hit against Mahle.
Looked pretty bad last night, didn’t it? If nothing else, last night’s performance seemed to clarify who will be first out when the injured relievers begin to return. It seems clear that Zack Weiss and Tanner Rainey are not yet ready and need some more time in the minors. It also seems clear that Cliff Pennington will fill the role that Gennett filled last year – position player brought in to pitch when a game is completely out of control.
Update: MLBTradeRumors.com reported this afternoon the following Reds bullpen roster moves:
- Tanner Rainey optioned to Louisville
- Contract of RHP reliever Dylan Floro selected from Louisville
- Righthander Ariel Hernandez designated for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot for Floro
|RF Dexter Fowler||CF Billy Hamilton|
|CF Tommy Pham||SS Jose Peraza|
|3B Matt Carpenter||1B Joey Votto|
|LF Marcell Ozuna||2B Scooter Gennett|
|1B Jose Martinez||C Devin Mesoraco|
|C Yadier Molina||RF Jesse Winker|
|SS Paul DeJong||LF Adam Duvall|
|2B Kolten Wong||3B Cliff Pennington|
|P Luke Weaver||P Tyler Mahle|
News and Notes
MLB Tonight analysts Ron Darling and Pedro Martinez critique Hunter Greene’s debut start with the Dayton Dragons:
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