Mariners and Reds are close to a Zack Cozart trade

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners and Reds are closing in on a trade involving Zack Cozart. He says the trade isn’t done yet, but both sides are confident that a deal can be worked out.

Cozart is hitting a respectable .266/.317/.462 for the Reds this year. He’s never played anyplace in the bigs except shortstop. The Mariners have a shortstop for now and the future in Ketel Marte, but he’s on the disabled list with mono and that’s something that can really sap a person. It’s unclear if he’d be ready and able to play when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list later this week.