With a 50-40 record, you would think that team would be in first place, or relatively close to first, in their respective division. However, the Cincinnati Reds are owners of that record as of Tuesday and they find themselves five games out of first place in the National League Central.
The Cincinnati Reds are one of the best teams in the National League, but they have one position in particular that is holding them back a little more than they’d hoped. Current shortstop Zack Cozart is having pretty rough season thus far, hitting just .230 with seven homers and 30 RBI. The addition of a budding star shortstop could be the answer for the Reds and could ensure a World Series run.
Who might the answer be at shortstop for the Reds? Well, look no further than in-division foe, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have one of the best young shortstops in all of baseball. I’m not saying, by any means, that Cozart doesn’t have what it takes to be an everyday shortstop, but his off-year is setting the Reds back a bit.
If the Reds want to win — and win now — they need to acquire someone to help out at that position. Jean Segura could be that guy. He’s hitting .319 with 11 homers and 36 RBI and could give the Reds that push that they need to make a World Series run.
Although I doubt the Brewers would help out an in-division foe and rid themselves of a budding superstar, if the Reds can make the right offer, it could happen and the Reds should do everything to make it happen.