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Cincinnati Reds: Shortstop market might have opened with Nats injury

Published: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
By: Marcus Hartman - Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Reds and the team led by their former manager might be ready to help each other out of overlapping jams.

The Washington Nationals are likely in the market for a shortstop after Trea Turner suffered a broken wrist when he was hit by a pitch Thursday night.

If they are looking for a short-term replacement, Zack Cozart could fit the bill.

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Cozart is having his best season in the big leagues, but he is set to be a free agent this winter.

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?

Stay tuned.