The Angels trade INF Zack Cozart and 2019 1st round pick INF Will Wilson to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Cozart, signed with the Angels on December 15th, 2017, to a 3-year deal for $38MM. Cozart was injured for almost the entire two seasons he spent with the Angels as he appeared in only 96 games combined between the 2018′ (58 games) and 19′ (38 games) seasons. He posted a slash line of .190/.261/.296 and hit 15 Doubles, 2 Triples, 5 Home Runs and drove in 25 runs across those two seasons.
The Angels likely are disappointed that the 3-year deal with Cozart did not work out the way that everybody had hoped for after he came of off an incredible 2017′ season where he was an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds. The 2017 season saw him post a slash line of .297/.385/.548 and hit 24 Doubles, 7 Triples and hit 24 Home Runs while driving in 63 runs.
Cozart looked to have filled a hole the Angels had, but shoulder issues plagued him during his time with the Angels.
The Giants will be taking on the final year of Cozart’s deal that will see him make $12.67MM.
The Angels also sent Will Wilson, their 1st round pick (15th overall) of 2019, draft to the Giants as part of the trade so that the Giants would take on Cozart’s salary. Wilson also suffered a pair of injuries to his thumb in his first year in professional Baseball.
He posted a slash line of .275/.328/.439 in his first year of rookie ball. He appeared in 46 games and hit 10 Doubles, 3 Triples, and hit 5 Home Runs while driving in 18 runs.
The infield currently has David Fletcher, Luis Renigfo, Matt Thaiss, and Tommy La Stella as the 4 guy’s to play 2nd Base and 3rd Base.
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