Angels Sign Zack Cozart to Three-Year, $38 Million Deal

Angels Sign Zack Cozart to Three-Year, $38 Million Deal

Cozart has played solid defense throughout his career and finished 2017 with a.975 fielding percentage and a 4.9 WAR; however, he was not a huge threat on the base paths, ending the year with three stolen bases. The deal is worth $38 million, according to Jeff Fletcher, Angels beat writer for the Orange County Register. "That right there made me feel extremely good that not only did we get the right player from an ability standpoint, but we got the right player from a character standpoint". "Everything was happening so quick, but at the end of the day, I want to win".

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. The 32-year-old set career highs with a.297 average, .385 on-base percentage.548 slugging percentage and 24 home runs.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter:

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

In matters related, Angels GM Billy Eppler continues to have an impressive winter. Overall, Cozart had a great season a year ago as he was able to make his first all-star appearance in 2017. That makes sense considering incumbent shortstop Andrelton Simmons is one of the most valuable defenders in the game today. Yunel Escobar is not expected to return at third after struggling with injuries this year. The addition of Cozart also likely allows Luis Valbuena to shift across the diamond and become the primary half of a first base platoon with C.J. Cron.

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Cozart's versatility also will be important if the Angels move to a six-man rotation to benefit Ohtani, who is used to pitching once per week.

After three consecutive years of mediocrity, the Angels have made clear since the offseason began that the status quo wasn't enough.

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