The team would first have to put him on waivers, and could only trade him if no other team claimed Cozart. If another team claimed the shortstop, the Reds could pull him back off of waivers.
Cincinnati has already put All-Star first baseman Joey Votto on waivers, in fact, and he cleared.
That doesn’t mean the Reds are about to trade him, as he has a no-trade clause and a contract that guarantees him about $164 million through 2023, including a $7 million buyout on a $20 million option for 2024.
That’s not going to be appealing to other teams.