With the Reds still rebuilding, he has been an obvious candidate for a trade for the past year or more, but ESPN reported earlier in June they had encountered a problem: None of this year's likely contenders need a shortstop.
With Scooter Gennett's surprising season, the Reds have three players for the two middle infield spots in Cozart, Gennett and Jose Peraza. They also have signed a couple of shortstop prospects from Cuba in the past year.
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Their most recent first-round draft pick, Hunter Greene, is considered an elite shortstop prospect, too, but the team is expected to try him as a right-handed pitcher first.
Might Dusty Baker’s Nats now be interested in sending a prospect or two to Cincinnati for a half-season rental?