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Zack Cozart | Shortstop | #2

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels have interest in Zack Cozart if he's willing to move from shortstop to second base.
Crasnick also reports that the Angels are considering free agent Neil Walker, and earlier it was reported that they have interest in trading for Detroit's Ian Kinsler. Long story short, the Angels want to upgrade second base. Cozart would be an intriguing addition, and if he is willing to move positions, he and Andrelton Simmons would give Anaheim one of the best double-play combinations in baseball that isn't bereft of offensive ability. Cozart batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games for the Reds in 2017. Nov 15 - 8:12 PM

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Zack Cozart will not receive a qualifying offer from the Reds.

This means that the Reds will not receive draft pick compensation if Cozart signs elsewhere. Extending a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer was apparently too rich for the Reds, but they are reportedly interested in talking about a multi-year deal at a lesser salary. Jose Peraza would likely take over shortstop duties if Cozart departs.
Nov 6 - 2:42 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Zack Cozart is not expected to receive a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Reds.

Heyman writes that the Reds are interested in bringing Cozart back on a multi-year deal, but that a one-year, $17.4 million contract is "thought to be steep" for the club. The 32-year-old usually provides more value with his defense, but he's coming off a monster season at the plate where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games.
Nov 6 - 11:21 AM

Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he plans to keep in touch with impending free agent Zack Cozart to "see if there’s something that can be worked out there."

It's going to cost them, as Cozart is coming off a career-year where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI over 122 games. The 32-year-old also played his usual strong defense at shortstop. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late last week that the club was still mulling over whether to make him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer. If Cozart was to sign elsewhere, Williams indicated that Jose Peraza would be the "primary candidate" to replace him at shortstop.
Oct 16 - 2:45 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Reds will discuss this week whether to make Zack Cozart a $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It sounds up in the air, with Heyman writing that the club is "going to heavily debate it. An impending free agent, Cozart would seem to be in line for a multi-year contract this winter after a career-best offensive season and continued good defense. However, he's 32 and the Reds have had trouble trading him the last two years, so perhaps Cozart's market won't be as robust as it seems it might be.
Oct 13 - 3:06 PM

Zack Cozart (quad) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Cozart missed Thursday's game after departing Wednesday's contest with more tightness in his right quad, an ailment that's been bothering him for a while now. He tested things out pre-game, though, and is feeling well enough to give it a go. Cozart is at shortstop and batting second versus Jose Quintana and the Cubs.
Sep 29 - 11:38 AM

Zack Cozart (quad) is out of the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and Scooter Gennett will play second base. Cozart left Wednesday's game in the third inning after experiencing tightness in his right quad. Consider him day-to-day for the final stretch of the regular season.
Sep 28 - 1:20 PM

Zack Cozart left Wednesday's game against Milwaukee early with tightness in his right quad.

He left in the third inning and was replaced by Jose Peraza. He finishes the day 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. We should have more information about the injury after the game, but for now he should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 27 - 10:05 PM

Zack Cozart drew a walk and socked a solo homer on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

The solo blast came in the seventh inning off of Josh Hader. Cozart has now gone deep seven times this month as he continues to advance his career high in home runs (he's now up to 24).
Sep 26 - 11:10 PM

Zack Cozart socked a two-run homer and added a single Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

Cozart took John Gant deep in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-0 lead at the time, but the Cardinals outscored them 8-3 the rest of the way. It was Cozart's 23rd bomb of the season, and five of them have come over his last seven contests.
Sep 19 - 11:00 PM

Zack Cozart is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Zach Vincej is at shortstop in what is his first start in the majors.
Sep 17 - 10:18 AM

Zack Cozart slugged a pair of solo home runs to lead his team to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

He victimized starter Chad Kuhl twice in the contest. It was his third multi-homer game of the season despite missing about five weeks' worth of games with various maladies this year. He is having by far the best season of his career as he heads into free agency this winter. Cozart has an excellent .302/.391/.558 slash line with 22 homers, 60 RBI and 74 runs scored in 398 at-bats in 111 games.
Sep 15 - 11:06 PM

Zack Cozart swatted a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Cozart's long blast to left field off of Lance Lynn with one out in the top of the first inning got the scoring going. Unfortunately for the Reds, they were outscored 13-3 the rest of the way. Cozart has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has a career-high 20 longballs on the season.
Sep 12 - 11:29 PM

Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, two runs scored and knocked in four runs in a win over the Mets on Sunday.

It's the 19th homer of the year for Cozart, which came off of Paul Sewald in the fifth with two runners on. He's been one of the best offensive shortstops in baseball to the surprise of pretty much everyone. It will be interesting to see what kind of offers he receives this winter with his impending free agency.
Sep 10 - 5:07 PM

Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Wednesday in the Reds' win over the Brewers.

Cozart singled and scored in the Reds' five-run third inning and then went deep off Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the bottom of the seventh. The impending free agent shortstop owns an outstanding .303/.396/.546 batting line with 18 home runs, 51 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 103 games played this season.
Sep 6 - 4:15 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Stuart Turner
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
SS1Zack Cozart
2Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
3Mason Williams
RF1Scott Schebler
2Jesse Winker
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Scott Feldman
5Luis Castillo
6Robert Stephenson
7Sal Romano
8Tyler Mahle
9Amir Garrett
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Wandy Peralta
5Tim Adleman
6Kevin Shackelford
7Ariel Hernandez
8Austin Brice
9Cody Reed
10Rookie Davis
11Jackson Stephens
12Keury Mella
13Joe Mantiply