The Reds aren't currently having any trade negotiations regarding Cozart, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. This doesn't mean that they are unwilling to trade Cozart, nor that they haven't previously had such negotiations, only that there's nothing stirring right now. Cozart essentially has repeated his 2015 pre-injury breakout, hitting .266/.318/.463 in 387 plate appearances. He's up to 15 homers now and could ultimately eclipse 20.
Cozart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Cozart had suited up for each of the Reds' games since the All-Star break, so manager Bryan Price will give the shortstop a breather Sunday in the hopes of preserving him for the final two months of the season. Jose Peraza will assume Cozart's spot in the field and bat second in Sunday's lineup.
Cozart has been moved from the leadoff spot down to second in the order, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Neither Hamilton nor Cozart necessarily profiles as a prototypical leadoff hitter - Cozart has a .315 OBP, and Hamilton's OBP is even worse. Ideally the Reds need to develop a high on-base guy to hit in front of Joey Votto, but right now that player doesn't exist on the big league roster.
Cozart went 2-for-5, leading off Wednesday's matinee against the Cubs with a solo home run. For the eighth time in his career, and the fourth this season, Cozart hit a leadoff home run after he took Adam Warren's 3-2 pitch deep to left-center field in the top of the first inning. Statcast estimated that the drive -- during a 10-pitch at-bat -- traveled 431 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph. It was also Cozart's third straight game with a homer, and it was his 14th for the season, leaving him one away from the career high of 15 he set in 2012.
Cozart went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer Tuesday at the Cubs. Cozart's 13th homer of the year gave the Reds a 4-0 lead in the second inning of a game they'd go on to win. He's now collected eight hits over his last four games, and he's slashing .269/.321/.486 on the year.