Heyman | Zack Cozart claimed and blocked on waivers

ATLANTA, GA Ð AUGUST 18: Cincinnati's Zack Cozart (2) hits a line drive to left field during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves on August 18, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was claimed and blocked on waivers, FanRag Sports has learned.

Cozart’s status as a claimed player who was pulled back by the Reds means he will not be traded by the deadline Thursday night. The Reds made several attempts to trade Cozart over the past couple years and probably came the closest at last year’s trade deadline, when a deal was agreed to with the Mariners. That deal was killed when someone else in the deal came up with an issue in the physical.

Cozart has had a brilliant season; he has 17 home runs to go with a .309/.401/.555 line. His .956 OPS is good for a 146 OPS+; he’d help many teams.

However, the contending teams had no great need for a shortstop. One team that potentially could have used some shortstop insurance of late is the Arizona Diamondbacks, who’ve suffered multiple injuries at that position. Nick Ahmed recently suffered a broken wrist when hit by a pitch on a rehab assignment, and Ketel Marte, a youngster playing pretty well, is currently day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

The Reds entered play Wednesday completely out of the playoff picture, 20 games under .500 and 15.5 games out of a playoff spot. The D-backs, on the other hand, continue to hold onto the top National League wild card spot, two games ahead of the Colorado Rockies and 5.5 games up on the first team out, the Milwaukee Brewers.

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