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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.

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Reds Place Joey Votto On Disabled List

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The Cincinnati Reds have placed Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion that he suffered last week when he was hit near the knee by Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson in what has been viewed as intentional.

After the hit, Votto limped to first base as he barked at Madson, who appeared to be retaliating for the plunking of National players, such as Bryce Harper.

The trip to the disabled list will mark the first one for Votto since 2014, and he is posting a .284/.422/.419 batting line this season.

 

 

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Reds’ Jesse Winker Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker will miss the rest of the 2018 season after dislocating his right shoulder, the team announced on Thursday.

“He’ll be ready for spring training next year,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. “I don’t think we’ll see him playing this year.”

Winker, 24, will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Mason Williams and the Reds transferred infielder Alex Blandino to the 60-day disabled list to create space on the roster.

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Diamondbacks, Yankees, Reds Interested In Zack Wheeler

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The Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, and the Cincinnati Reds are all showing varying levels of interest in New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler.

According to the New York Daily News’ Kristia Ackert, the Yankees interest is considered to be “mild” at this point and have “recently inquired about his availability, according to The Athletic’s Marc Craig.

Per Ackert’s report, scouts from at least eight teams watched Wheeler’s most recent start and included an interested Arizona team.

Additionally, the Reds are reportedly planning to watch him again this weekend.

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