Angels sign Zack Cozart — MLB free agency

Zack Cozart

Zack Cozart

While it's nearly certain Cozart will see heavy offensive regression in 2018, there were some real changes he made at the plate.

Cozart was the Reds' starting shortstop for the past six seasons, though he missed most of the 2015 season with an injury. However, a change in his approach this season sparked by a YouTube video aided in a career-best season and an All-Star appearance.

The Angels announced their latest high-profile acquisition Friday.

Cozart had an 11-year career in the Reds organization. Overall, Cozart had a great season previous year as he was able to make his first all-star appearance in 2017. Cozart is an above-average shortstop, who will be playing third base for the Halos.

With just Valbuena on the roster when free agency began for 2B/3B with even bench players for the positions from 2017 hitting the market, the Angels have turned a hole on their team to a surplus right now.

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The Angels did not disclose financial terms, but the deal is worth a reported $38 million for Cozart to likely start at third base.

Cozart's glove is plenty smooth and he's got lots of range.

The Angels' probable starters include five Gold Glove winners (catcher Martin Maldonado, Simmons, Kinsler, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun) and three more considered well above average with the glove (Upton, Cozart and Trout).

Right now, judging this signing before he's played a single inning for the Angels and (probably) before they've finished making moves this offseason (find more pitching!) this looks like a good deal.

- After spending his entire career at shortstop in Cincinnati, Zack Cozart was willing to switch positions for the chance to join the Los Angeles Angels' promising lineup.

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