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Zack Cozart is leaving Cincinnati for Los Angeles

16 December 2017

The All-Star infielder agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Angels on Friday, also agreeing to play third base in an infield suddenly packed with veteran talent.

Cozart has played seven seasons in the majors, all of them with Cincinnati.

With the additions of Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani, second baseman Ian Kinsler and now Cozart - who is likely to play third base given the presence of shortstop Andrelton Simmons - it's clear Los Angeles is intent on letting Mike Trout's prime go to waste.

It's slightly weird to be living in a reality where the Angels had a plan and executed it more than well enough in the offseason to vastly improve their 2018 outlook, but good on them for doing so! "But at the end of the day, I want to win".

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 Reds were, unfortunately, probably never going to re-sign Cozart, as they are mostly going through a rebuild. Needless to say, Cozart had a caree- year, became a free agent and cashed in. Jose Peraza figures to be the frontrunner.

It will be interesting to see where Cozart lands in the field next year. Peraza will make $540,000 next year and isn't eligible for free agency until at least 2023. He was selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Mississippi.

Cozart, 32, was the starting shortstop for the National League in his first-ever All-Star game last season. he hit.297 with 24 home runs and 63 RBIs in 122 games in 2017, and for his career he has a.254 average with with 82 homers and 280 RBIs.

Cincinnati made Cozart its starter at shortstop the following season, but he didn't truly breakout until 2017.

Zack Cozart is leaving Cincinnati for Los Angeles