Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Zack Cozart signs with the Los Angeles Angels

Zack Cozart will help the Angels make a push for the postseason. More Zack Cozart will help the Angels make a push for the postseason. More
Shannon Reynolds | 16 December, 2017, 05:59

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

The Los Angeles Angels seem determined to field one of the best defensive teams in baseball next season, and signing Zack Cozart should help them accomplish that goal.

This is a pretty nifty move for the Angels, as the other top third base options - specifically, Mike Moustakas - are likely going to cost a lot more than what they'll be paying Cozart.

Eppler said Cozart's willingness to change positions assured him "we got the right player from an ability standpoint and a character standpoint".

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The Angels have been busy this month, winning the competition for Shohei Ohtani and acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit.

"I've been on some bad teams lately", Cozart said of the Reds, who have lost at least 94 games for three straight years. Cozart has a.254 average in seven big league seasons, all with Cincinnati. The 32-year-old set career highs with a.297 average, .385 on-base percentage.548 slugging percentage and 24 home runs.

Cozart's offensive numbers shot up markedly last season, but he and the Angels don't see it as a blip. Cozart enjoyed a career season in 2017, when he became an All Star for the first time in his career. That of course doesn't mention arguably the best defender in the game, shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

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

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