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Club seeking switch-hitting utility infielder

Club seeking switch-hitting utility infielder

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Club seeking switch-hitting utility infielder

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Reds have an offseason goal to find a backup shortstop to Zack Cozart for their bench. More specifically, general manager Walt Jocketty would like to land a switch-hitting utility infielder that can play shortstop.

"We're hoping to. A couple of things we've looked at," Jocketty said on Tuesday. "It's something we hope to do maybe this week. If not, we'll keep working."

There is quite a limited market for this type of player on the free-agent market. The only three that stand out are former Twins and Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla and Ramon Santiago, who spent the last 10 seasons with the Tigers, and Elliot Johnson, formerly of the Braves, Royals and Rays.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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