Los Angeles Angels add Zack Cozart with three-year deal


The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop agreed to a three-year deal with the Halos on Friday morning.

Cozart, 32, cashed in on his best season in 2017 and signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the club reported.

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. "From what I hear about the clubhouse, it seems like it's my type of team, a bunch of good grinder guys that want to get after it and win". For his career, Cozart has batted.254/.305/.411 (92 OPS+) across parts of seven big-league seasons.

The note from Rosenthal stated that Cozart will receive a 3-year, $38 million pact from the Angels to likely man the hot corner for the team.

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

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Cozart became the third Reds shortstop to earn a fan election, joining Dave Concepcion and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

After finishing 80-82 last season and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, the Angels have put together a lineup around Mike Trout with offensive potency and an incredible defensive pedigree.

In matters related, Angels GM Billy Eppler continues to have an impressive winter. That makes sense considering incumbent shortstop Andrelton Simmons is one of the most valuable defenders in the game today.

Yunel Escobar was the Angels' oft-injured third baseman a year ago, but their biggest problem areas in recent seasons have been in left field and at second base. Valbuena had a.947 fielding percentage at third base (but a 1.000 fielding percentage during his 48 games at first) while Cozart was in line with league average at.975 while at short.