Angels sign Zack Cozart to 3-year deal

Zack Cozart

Veteran infielder Zack Cozart has cashed in after his breakout 2017 season by signing a three-year, $38 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

Cozart can now own the hot corner for the Angels, with Luis Valbuena moving to first on a more full-time basis (where he's better defensively), and their infield now goes Cozart-Andrelton Simmons-Kinsler-Valbuena. Not. Too.

Between this, the Ian Kinsler trade and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition, the Angels are going to be sporting a very different look in 2018.

That was fine with Cozart, even though he has never played third or second in the majors. "When I found out the Angels were interested, it should be a really good team, so I was on board".

Cincinnati made Cozart its starter at shortstop the following season, but he didn't truly breakout until 2017. It would be nice to sign a player such as Cozart who the Reds can rely on as they continue to rebuild.

Angels sign Zack Cozart to 3-year deal

The Reds have finished last in the NL Central the past three years.

Cozart's departure makes Jose Peraza, 23, first in line to take over shortstop for the Reds. Cozart had a.385 OBP past year (compared to Moustakas'.314).

The Reds are now in a rebuild and made a decision to not extend Cozart a $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Cozart, 32, had the best season of his career in Cincy previous year, hitting.297 with 24 home runs, 63 RBI and a.548 slugging percentage.

He had been a Red for his entire pro career since being drafted in the second round in 2007 out of the University of Mississippi.



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