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Zack Cozart, Angels Agree to 3-Year, $38 Million Contract

16 December, 2017, 05:59 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Angels sign Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal

The slugger from Kansas City wants to play in Anaheim, but they announced on Friday they agreed to terms with free agent Zack Cozart.

After a few years of toiling in an nearly solo show in the lineup, it sure seems like the Los Angeles Angels on paper will have star Mike Trout surrounded with a much better team in 2018, and much of the team is around for 2019 as well, so this could be a team with a shot to make some noise out west for a couple of years at least.

Cozart will likely play third base for the Angels, as Andrelton Simmons-the Angels everyday shortstop last season-is one of the best defensive players in all of baseball.

Cozart gets $12,666,666 next season and $12,666,667 in each of the final two years of the deal.

Eppler said he was first interested in signing Cozart to play second base, but the Angels traded for Detroit's Ian Kinsler earlier this week, so the negotiations with Cozart switched to third base.

Cozart reportedly made $5.325 million past year.

In seven seasons with the Reds, Cozart batted.254/.305/.411 with 375 runs, 143 doubles, 22 triples, 82 home runs and 280 RBI in 743 games.

Cozart's offensive numbers shot up markedly last season, but he and the Angels don't see it as a blip.

Cozart was a first-time All-Star this year, hitting.297 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs - all career bests.

In matters related, Angels GM Billy Eppler continues to have an impressive winter.

Gold Glove victor Andrelton Simmons is at shortstop for the Angels.

Yunel Escobar was the Angels' oft-injured third baseman previous year, but their biggest problem areas in recent seasons have been in left field and at second base. Cozart is an above-average shortstop, who will be playing third base for the Halos.

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