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The Cincinnati Reds sent Nick Senzel, their top prospect, to the minor leagues on Friday, and the move didn’t sit well with Senzel’s agent.
Senzel is a third baseman who has also seen action at second base and shortstop in the minors. The Reds have been working him in center field this spring while they search to replace the departed Billy Hamilton.
Senzel hit .308 in major league camp this spring, and agent Joel Wolfe told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday that his client was sent to the minors to prevent his major league service time from starting. That could give the Reds his rights for an extra year before Senzel would be eligible for free agency.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever made public statements on this issue in my career, but I feel compelled to do so in this case where it feels like a simply egregious case of service-time manipulation,” Wolfe said.
“We are well aware of the mandate from ownership for the Reds to win this year — and this seems to fly in the face of it. The NL Central was decided by one game last year. Every game matters. This is