Reds Could Trade Zack Cozart Or Didi Gregorius

Reds GM Walt Jocketty tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that Cincinnati could move one of their young shortstops (Zack Cozart or Didi Gregorius) if such a deal could bring the Reds a closer or a leadoff-hitting outfielder.

It depends if we get back what we need,” Jocketty said. “If we don’t, then I won’t mind holding onto them.”

Cozart was the Reds' everyday shortstop in 2012, hitting .246/.288/.399 in an even 600 plate appearances and showing above-average glovework (a +9.0 UZR/150) in his first full Major League season.  The 27-year-old Cozart was ranked as the 75th-best prospect in the game by Baseball America before the season, though he may have already been replaced by a newer model, as Jocketty considers the 22-year-old Gregorius to be "an everyday player…It’s just a question of when and how we manage it."  Gregorius, a native of Amsterdam, has a .699 OPS in five minor league seasons.

If this surplus of controllable young shortstops wasn't enough, the Reds also have stolen base king Billy Hamilton, who Morosi notes was converted to center field last year.  While Hamilton would command a much larger return in a trade than Cozart or Gregorius, I'd imagine Hamilton is next to untouchable.

The Reds are known to be looking for a leadoff hitter and an outfielder (preferably a player who can fill both roles), as well as closing depth in case the team moves Aroldis Chapman to the rotation.  Morosi suggests the A's as a trade partner since they have both Coco Crisp and several good relievers, and also notes that the Reds could find a leadoff-hitting outfielder from shortstop-needy teams like the Twins or Diamondbacks.


58 Responses to Reds Could Trade Zack Cozart Or Didi Gregorius Leave a Reply

  1. KINGMOJO 3 years ago

    Trade cozart for coco crisp and a prospect

  2. iheartyourfart 3 years ago

    will venable?

    • BVHjays 3 years ago

      Is there a thought that Venable might be available?

    • PhxPadsFan 3 years ago

      I would send venable to reds in a heartbeat if it would bring back either one of these guys

  3. cozart n mesaraco for span

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      No chance the Reds trade Mes

    • ian 3 years ago

      Twins need pitching more than a backup/part time catcher. Not a good fit.

  4. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    would LOVE to get Gregorius, doesn’t even need to be an average hitter to be at least a 2 WAR player, the only question is his bat albeit a fairly big question. If he could be even a below average hitter he could be good

    Reds are really in a good spot here.

    I wonder if Balfour could fetch him possibly

  5. Steve 3 years ago

    Rays need a young controllable productive SS, Reds need pitching…Davis + B Prospect for Cozart?

  6. jphenix2002 3 years ago

    Just out of curiosity I wonder what it would take for the Reds to part with Hamilton

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      Probably about what it’d take for Texas to trade Profar

      • The Data 3 years ago

        Absurd. His ceiling is half as high as Profar’s.

        • UrsaMajor 3 years ago

          Is he that short ?

        • EightMileCats 3 years ago

          His ceiling may not be as high, but the reds have labelled him untouchable. He’s not going anywhere

    • Won’t happen anytime soon. Why would they? Guy could be Ricky Henderson and he’s working for peanuts

      • The Data 3 years ago

        No, the guy could not ever be Ricky Henderson. That is absurd.

        • Goat_Rider 3 years ago

          I think he meant Vince Coleman

          • schellis 3 years ago

            Hamilton has better OB skills then Coleman. However he doesn’t have anything close to Henderson’s power. I suppose he could be a faster version of Juan Pierre with a higher strike out/walk rate and a bit more power.

          • UrsaMajor 3 years ago

            Don’t forget that Coleman’s numbers were skewed high by those 1,000 Astroturf bouncers…..

      • UrsaMajor 3 years ago

        I thought Charles Schulz worked for peanuts…..

  7. redsFAN86 3 years ago

    Don’t trade cozart. Period.

  8. Ryan 3 years ago

    Hi Walt, this is Ruben Amaro, so I have Jon Papelbon here, and…………
    DO IT RUBE!!!!!!

  9. mgsports 3 years ago

    Cozart and others for Cizek and others from Marlins?

    • cubfan4life 3 years ago

      Miami doesnt need Cozart. They already have Reyes.

  10. slasher016 3 years ago

    Cozart really struggled when hitting leadoff. Batting 2nd he hit .324/.378/.490.

    • Jay King 3 years ago

      He is not really a good option to lead off. I would say a good bat in the bottom half of the batting order and his defense this past season was better than most thought he would be. He is not a bad everyday shortstop. Just not the top option out there. I am not really sold on Didi yet. His minor league numbers are pretty good but until we see him in the majors some and for more than several plate appearances in September Im not sold. Either player I would be good with trading if we get a good Lead off guy. .

  11. c’mon A’s go get one of them!

    • StenarLaecus 3 years ago

      You don’t think OAK will try to bring Drew back?

      • I have seen a few articles (one here) that says Boras still thinks Drew can command around10 mil a year. If that is in fact his asking price it is WAY too high. A younger SS that is controllable sounds better to me, but it depends what they would want in return. I dont have a huge problem trading Coco. Not ideal, but we would at least be dealing from a position that we have excess of.

        • StenarLaecus 3 years ago

          I agree that $10m annually for Drew is an overpay, especially considering his injury history

  12. StenarLaecus 3 years ago

    I wish the Pirates:

    A: Weren’t in Cincy’s division (no chance they trade with Pittsburgh)
    B: Had the pieces to acquire one of these guys

    Hanrahan is an overpay, Grilli is a free agent. No one else really “groomed” to be a closer that’s close to the Bigs.

    Tabata and Presley aren’t nearly enough to get it done, even if you pair them with a Brian Morris or Vic Black.

    Can’t wait for 125 more games of Clint Barmes

    • jalcorn427 3 years ago

      One year of Hammer for five of Cozart is not an overpay. It would be a steal.

      • StenarLaecus 3 years ago

        My comment was made under the assumption that Cincinnati would reach a new contract with Hanrahan. Cozart had a 79 OPS+ last year; we’re not talking about the next Derek Jeter here.

        • jalcorn427 3 years ago

          Yeah but we are not talking about Clint Barmes either. Cozart was plus with the glove and has room to grow towards a league average bat.

          You can’t really count an extension as trade value. Those years are available if he hits free agency anyway.

  13. ian 3 years ago

    Span seems like a natural fit for the Reds although the Twins would want some pitching back.

    • Liermann 4432 3 years ago

      Span doesn’t want to come to Cincinnati. He declined a trade to the reds at the deadline. What makes you think he’ll accept a trade to the reds now???

      • slasher016 3 years ago

        That’s actually not true. The teams never came to agreement.

        • Liermann 4432 3 years ago

          Yeah because span said he wouldn’t come to cincy. They announced a possible trade was near to conclusion but then the twins talked to span and he said he didn’t want to play in cincy. Then trades broke off and less than 20 minutes later we landed Jonathan Broxton.

          • slasher016 3 years ago

            Span tweeted right after that report came out and said he did not reject a trade.

  14. Karkat 3 years ago

    Can we all just take a second to appreciate the name “Didi Gregorious”?

  15. James Simmons to reds, cozart to Oakland. The only way I think the a’s should trade for cozart

  16. disqus_G8xi77DYlj 3 years ago

    Jocketty will NOT trade Cozart or Gregorius..

  17. The Reds need to trade Dioneer Navaro and Drew Stubbs to the Mets for R.A. Dickey.

  18. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    Huh? He was excellent as closer and as a setup man this year, his command was wobbly last year but that completely turned around this year. He only had two bad games and those were his only two blown saves, and Melvin/Beane kept their strategy of going with the hot hand, since Cook at the time was dominating. Balfour was especially dominant when he regained the closer role, didn’t blow any saves.

    The only concern with him is the flyball/linedrive tendencies, but even his GB-FB ratio has trended in the right direction the last three years.

  19. cubfan4life 3 years ago

    Maybe Cozart to arizona for Gerardo Parra? The D Backs need a better answer than pennington at SS. Parra is expendable with Kubel, Eaton, Pollack and currently Upton in the OF.

    Parra is a great defender who can take over CF and push Stubbs into a 4th OFer role and he would allow the Reds to move Phillips down in the order to more of a run producing spot as opposed to hitting leadoff

  20. Sky14 3 years ago

    An old journeymen relief pitcher for a young SS? Doubt that happens

  21. Liermann 4432 3 years ago

    Keyword: “was”

  22. UrsaMajor 3 years ago

    Hey, the Cubs could use Parra instead !

  23. James Attwood 3 years ago

    I was thinking something very similar, except for Gregorius, not Cozart. Either Parra or a package of Pollack and Gorgen. The first gets CIN a strong defensive OF that can play all three positions and hits for near .300 average. The second version gets CIN a true CF that will probably hit slightly less,but is even faster and more of a threat on the bases than Parra (who is pretty quick) as well as a potential Closer. Gorgen is no sure thing, but he has closer stuff and has been used in the role through most of his minor league career. Short of a slew of injuries to almost the entire AZ bullpen though, he has almost no chance of breaking into the majors with AZ.

  24. James Attwood 3 years ago

    Yes, the Cubs could. Unfortnately, the Cubs make poor trading partners with AZ. What AZ needs the most isn’t available in CHI. And the talent that CHI has that AZ would have real interest in is either untouchable or expensive to the point of not being worth it for AZ.

  25. cubfan4life 3 years ago

    If the Reds were in more of a rebuild phase i think the Pollack deal fits more. But considering they are legit contenders every year i think the guy with more of a ML track record fits better which is Parra. And if it got the Reds Parra id let go either SS although with Baker and his allergy to playing kids keeping Cozart and trading Gregorius might make him happier.

  26. cubfan4life 3 years ago

    In order for the DBacks to get what they want the Cubs would have to convince them that Junior Lake is a solid SS which im not sure that he will be. Offensively i think he will be ok once he cuts down on the Ks. he has above average speed and a fantastic arm. But defensively he is shaky. Idk that he really profiles as a ML everyday SS but more a super utility type guy and i dont think that would be enough to get Parra away from arizona.

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