But now they've signed Zack Cozart to slot in at third base, in addition to getting Ian Kinsler for second base, and their infield might be. verifiably good now?
Cozart was even willing to switch twice.
"I've been on some bad teams lately", Cozart said, according to Fletcher's report. "(Left fielder Justin) Upton is already texting me.
Cozart gets $12,666,666 next season and $12,666,667 in each of the final two years of the deal.
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The Angels maintained their pursuit of Cozart, but now to be their third baseman. Cozart had a.385 OBP past year (compared to Moustakas'.314). "When I found out the Angels were interested, that was one of the big things for me. Everything was happening so quick, but at the end of the day, I want to win". He set career highs in 2017 with a.297 batting average, 80 runs scored, seven triples, 24 home runs, 55 extra-base hits, 240 total bases and a.933 OPS, while also matching his 2013 career high with 63 RBIs.
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. However, Cozart fits in with what general manager Billy Eppler is doing with the Angels.
Coming off his first All Star season, Cozart will be 32 next season. Andrelton Simmons and Martin Maldonado, both 2017 Gold Glove winners, return to lead the middle of the defense. The deal keeps him in an Angels uniform through the 2020 season. Ohtani is expected to join the Angels' rotation and to serve as a designated hitter between starts. Yunel Escobar was the Angels' primary third baseman last season, but he isn't expected to return after struggling with injuries previous year. 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.