Originally Posted by rgslone
I think I mostly agree with you. Gregorious is just too promising at this point to declare Cozart the SS of the future. On the other hand, if Gregorius never panned out I would still be happy with Cozart as the SS going forward. So, maybe we differ a little in how much we like Cozart. But, I agree that a decision needs to be made in regard to the SS of the future - I just think that it's too early to make that decision now. I don't think the Reds need to try to rush Gregorius, especially since he's progressing so well. Let's at least give Gregorius another season (or at least half a season) in AAA, and then reassess. I feel good going into next season with Cozart, and I don't want to gamble with that position at this point. I do, however, disagree with those who want to hold on to every potential player and "platooon" them - both Cozart and Gregorius have too much trade value to waste like that.
I definitely don't dislike Cozart. Quite the opposite actually. I like his glove and pop in his bat. I wish Dusty wouldn't have miscast him in the leadoff spot for so long and let him struggle. I thought it was nice having him hitting in front of Votto and letting him gain confidence by seeing a lot of fastballs and he did well in that role. Instead he got to hit leadoff in front of, IMO, the worst hitter in baseball last season. I don't think they should trade Cozart at all costs by any means and you may not get value for him because you would not be trading him at peak value (this again shows my poor choice of words when I said "underachiever"). If you don't get value for him, keep him.
I think where we may differ is that I feel like the presence of DiDi should make them feel comfortable trading Cozart (in the right deal of course) rather than the lack of polish on DiDi making them wary of trading Cozart.