Report: Reds SS Cozart getting high interest from Angels; talking to other teams

Dec 14, 2017
Associated Press
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds fields a ground ball during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 26, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds made it clear after the 2017 season that retaining shortstop Zack Cozart was one of the team’s goals. 

Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter on Thursday that Cozart was in talks with several teams, with the Angels showing the most interest. It’s expected he’ll sign with one of those teams after remarks made by team management.

General Manager Dick Williams made it clear yesterday, during an interview on MLB Network during the Winter Meetings Cozart won’t be playing second. Williams said Jose Peraza will take over duties at shortstop. The team’s priority now at the position is to find a backup on days Peraza needs rest, or in case of injury.