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#pounditThursday, August 6, 2020

Agent for top Reds prospect rips team for ‘egregious’ service time manipulation

A top Cincinnati Reds prospect will be starting the season in the minor leagues, and his agent is none too happy about that decision.

The Reds opted to send top-ten prospect Nick Senzel down to the minors despite hitting .308 in spring training and .310 with power at AAA last season. This was met with derision by his agent, Joel Wolfe, who issued a scathing statement critical of the Reds for their service time manipulation.

The concept of manipulation service time to gain an extra year of team control is not a new one, but people within the sport are beginning to call it out more and more. Expect it to be one of the central issues that players look to eliminate when CBA negotiations commence.

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