Reds Quiet As Waiver Deadline Passes

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The Reds let the Trade Waiver Deadline pass without making a move.

Many believed that the Reds, who have been actively shopping key players over the past few years, would trade Zack Cozart, who is a free agent after this season. He is the lone man out of an almost completed puzzle, as the Reds feel that they are very close to being out of the rebuilding process.

Cozart, 32, is not expected to be part of the Reds future, as they have a surplus of young infielders throughout the organization.

The Reds have been actively shopping Cozart for the better part of two years, but injuries and lack of need at the shortstop position has prevented a team from pulling the trigger.

Cincinnati only made one move at the non-waiver trade deadline, shipping LHP Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers. They were expected to be active in August, but that was not the case.

Cozart was placed on waivers, only to be pulled back after a team that had no use for him claimed him. This unnamed team claimed Cozart in order to prevent a rival team from acquiring him. That put the Reds in a bind, as they were then unable to trade the veteran shortstop.

The Reds also received interest in veteran pitchers Scott Feldman and Drew Storen, but after a season ending injury to Feldman and a disappointing month of August for Storen, no team made a move on either.

Cozart will remain with the Reds throughout the remainder of the season, likely his last in a Reds uniform. They seem unlikely to make him an offer, and the $18 million Qualifying Offer is a steep price to pay in a small market for a 32 year old shortstop.