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Zack Cozart | Shortstop | #2

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.
He also doubled and singled in the game. Cozart has been mentioned as a possible trade target for the Yankees with Didi Gregorius expected to miss the first month of the season due to a shoulder injury. Even if he doesn’t end up in New York, trade speculation should continue to follow him in his walk year. The 31-year-old hit .252 with 16 homers and a .732 OPS (92 OPS+) last season. Mar 24 - 8:23 PM

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According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, the Yankees have floated the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias, and the Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed as possible replacements for Didi Gregorius (shoulder) at shortstop.

The Yankees are trying to figure out how to get by now that Gregorius is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right shoulder strain. These external targets would seem to indicate that they are concerned the absence could be longer. If the Yankees decide to stick with internal options, Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are probably the front-runners.
Mar 22 - 12:54 PM

Zack Cozart belted his first home run of the spring Wednesday in the Reds' Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

He grounded out and flied out in his other two at-bats. Cozart scored the Reds’ first run on a line drive homer to left field with one out in the first inning. That bomb came off Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. Cozart found his power stroke last season by bashing a career-high 16 home runs. Unfortunately, he hit just .252 while providing a sluggish .308 on base percentage. He’s an acceptable late-round flyer, but that’s about it.
Mar 1 - 6:53 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League game due to field conditions.

Cozart was set to make his spring debut on Tuesday, but the field was too wet. The 31-year-old was shut down early last season due to a knee issue, so the Reds are being cautious with him. He should be in there in the next day or so.
Feb 28 - 2:07 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Monday or Tuesday.

He won't be in the lineup for Friday's opener against the Giants but should debut early next week. Cozart claims to be 100 percent after missing time with knee tendinitis late last season. "He's fine. He could play tomorrow," said manager Bryan Price. "But why rush it with the length of Spring Training?" The contract-year shortstop hit .252 with 16 homers and 50 RBI last season.
Feb 23 - 4:31 PM

Zack Cozart said his knee is "100 percent" leading into spring training this year.

Cozart wore a balky brace on his surgically-repaired right knee last season after suffering a major injury to that joint in 2015. He's already a good defensive shortstop, and this should only help his range. Jose Peraza will flank him at second base following the Brandon Phillips trade.
Feb 16 - 12:40 PM

Reds and SS Zack Cozart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million contract.

It's a big raise for Cozart in what is his final year of arbitration eligibility. He'll enter 2017 as the Reds' starter at shortstop, although they could turn the job over to Jose Peraza at some point.
Jan 13 - 1:04 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners "remain interested" in trading for Reds shortstop Zack Cozart.

Seattle nearly acquired Cozart at the August 1 trade deadline and the two sides will likely restart negotiations shortly. Or already have. Reds general manager Dick Williams told the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier this month that Cozart is among the club's available pieces. The 31-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after batting .252/.308/.425 with 16 home runs and 50 RBI over 121 games in 2016.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:41:00 PM

Reds GM Dick Williams said he's open to listening to trade offers on shortstop Zack Cozart.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday that the Reds have no intention of trading Joey Votto this winter, but it sounds like Cozart may very well be on the move. "He can be a part of grooming players and he can be a part of a winning clubhouse," said Williams of his veteran shortstop. "But if there’s something that really puts the franchise in a better position for ’18 and ’19 that works, it’s something we’d have to consider. We’ve shown the willingness to trade guys who have been with us if it helps us get better." Cozart, 31, is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 08:38:00 AM

Reds activated SS Zack Cozart from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster after his season ended prematurely due to soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee. Cozart is expected to be shopped in trades this winter, with the Mariners looking like a probable landing spot after they discussed the shortstop with the Reds at the deadline.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 08:55:00 AM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that the Mariners are expected to revisit trade talks with the Reds this winter regarding Zack Cozart.

The two sides nearly completed a pre-deadline deal that would have sent Cozart to Seattle in exchange for pitching prospect Luiz Gohara and another prospect, but they ran out of time. Acquiring Cozart, who will be in his walk year in 2017, would allow the Mariners to give Ketel Marte a bit more seasoning in the minors. It would also clear an everyday job in Cincinnati for Jose Peraza.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Reds transferred SS Zack Cozart from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Patrick Kivlehan, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres on Wednesday afternoon. Cozart is done for the season with a nagging right knee injury. He will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Reds placed SS Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list.

Cozart hadn't appeared in a game since September 10 due to a nagging right knee injury and he won't play in another game this season. This was really just a procedural move. The 31-year-old shortstop finishes with a .252/.308/.425 batting line, 16 homers, 50 RBI, four steals, and 67 runs scored. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after making $2.925 million in 2016.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 02:53:00 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) is unlikely to play again this season.

Cozart has not been officially shut down, but Reds manager Bryan Price more or less shut the door Wednesday on a potential return. The 31-year-old shortstop has been sidelined by right knee soreness since September 10. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .252/.308/.425 with 16 homers and 50 RBI over 464 at-bats. The 31-year-old shortstop carries one more season of contractual control in 2017.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) did not travel with the team to Chicago.

Cozart hasn't played since September 10 due to nagging right knee soreness. He's not officially shut down, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect a meaningful contribution the rest of the way.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 05:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Stuart Turner
4Shawn Zarraga
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Jose Peraza
2Scooter Gennett
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Zach Walters
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Arismendy Alcantara
RF1Scott Schebler
2Patrick Kivlehan
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Scott Feldman
5Amir Garrett
6Rookie Davis
7Bronson Arroyo
8Cody Reed
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Wandy Peralta
7Austin Brice
8Ariel Hernandez
9Nefi Ogando
10Robert Stephenson
11Barrett Astin