Major League Baseball free agency: Angels sign Zack Cozart

Zack Cozart

The Reds, still in their "rebuilding" mode and having dispatched most high-salaried players since 2015, showed little interest in getting into a free-agent bidding war over Cozart.

Zack Cozart is the latest to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Cozart will likely play third base for the Angels, as Andrelton Simmons-the Angels everyday shortstop last season-is one of the best defensive players in all of baseball. The two sides agreed on a $38 dollar deal that lasts three years.

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

Eppler likes guys who can play good defense. For his career, Cozart has batted.254/.305/.411 (92 OPS+) across parts of seven big-league seasons.

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It will be interesting to see where Cozart lands in the field next year.

Cozart was the NL's starting shortstop in the 2017 All-Star Game as a member of the Reds and set career highs with a.297 batting average, 80 runs scored, seven triples, 24 home runs, 55 extra base hits and tied his career high of 63 RBIs. The 32-year-old was a first-time All-Start this year. However, Cozart fits in with what general manager Billy Eppler is doing with the Angels. That of course doesn't mention arguably the best defender in the game, shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Luis Valbuena and C.J. Cron could play first base when Pujols is serving as the designated hitter, but it's too early to tell whether either will be with the club when it reports to spring training in February.

"If we do go to a six-man and carry 13 pitchers, versatility and flexibility is going to be everything for this roster", Eppler said.

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