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Zack Cozart | Second Baseman | #7

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Zack Cozart is not in the Angels' starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Giants.
There's nothing wrong with Cozart, it's just a routine day off for him. Luis Valbuena is starting in his place at third base and batting fifth against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants. Shohei Ohtani is also in the lineup again as the designated hitter, batting sixth. Apr 20 - 6:25 PM

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Zack Cozart went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday, finishing 0-for-4 against the Red Sox.

Cozart scored 11 runs in 13 games while filling in for Ian Kinsler atop the Angels' order, but he's down some now. He doesn't seem like a very good option in mixed leagues while hitting lower in the Angels' lineup.
Apr 19 - 1:29 AM

Zack Cozart is not in the Angels' lineup Thursday against the Royals.

Cozart hasn't had a day off this year, so it looks like the Angels are just giving him a breather. With Ian Kinsler back from the disabled list, Cozart should spend the bulk of his time at third base going forward. Speaking of Kinsler, he's playing second and batting leadoff for Thursday night's series opener. Luis Valbuena will handle the hot corner in Cozart's absence.
Apr 12 - 4:22 PM

Zack Cozart hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning to give the Angels a 3-2 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

Cozart's blast was his only hit of the game, and his second of the season. The former Reds' shortstop has shown early on that his power just might play even with him not enjoying the friendly confines of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, as he's now slugging .606 on the season. He's well worth a pickup in redraft leagues, and assuming the price is right, he's worth consideration in DFS leagues as well.
Apr 4 - 8:46 PM

Zack Cozart went 2-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two runs in Saturday's win over the Athletics.

He led off the game with a triple and scored on a Mike Trout double. His sixth-inning double plated both Jefry Marte and Rene Rivera. Cozart has long been one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and finally broke out with his bat last year. He batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers in 122 games. He's missed quite a lot of time over the past three years due to injury. He moved from the Reds to the Angels over the winter and figures to play mostly third base, although Ian Kinsler's recent groin injury led to Cozart moving over to second base today.
Mar 31 - 9:15 PM

Zack Cozart went 3-for-6 with a solo home run in his Angels debut Thursday against the Athletics.

The Angels surprised many when they targeted Cozart this offseason, but the 32-year-old made them look like geniuses on day one. Batting leadoff and playing second base, he had a single and a double to go along with a solo homer in the fifth inning. He's expected to shuffle between second and third base this season, and if he continues to hit atop the lineup, even better.
Mar 29 - 11:32 PM

Zack Cozart clubbed his fourth home run of the spring as the Angels fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Cozart's solo shot came off of Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda in the second inning. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the night. The Angels' third baseman has had a terrific spring, hitting .348 with four homers and nine RBI.
Mar 26 - 12:25 AM

Zack Cozart belted his third long ball of the spring Thursday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.

His home run came in the sixth off right-hander Pedro Baez. Cozart singled and struck out twice as part of a 2-for-4 outing. Also of note, Cozart logged a couple of innings at second base, a position he has never played in the major leagues. The former Red has done nothing but hit this spring, cruising to a .357 average over 42 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 23 - 12:49 AM

Zack Cozart hit his second homer of the Cactus League in a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Cozart's blast came off of Yoshihisa Hirano in the fifth inning, and it was a solo shot. It's been an excellent spring training for Cozart in his first season with the Angels, and his batting average is now up to .342 in the Cactus League. You shouldn't expect the same type of offensive numbers he put up in Cincinnati over the last two seasons, but as long as he has shortstop eligibility, he's worth a roster spot in most formats.
Mar 20 - 7:36 PM

Angels signed INF Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million contract.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic passed along the financials of the deal. Cozart has never played a position other than shortstop in the majors and is an excellent defender there, but he'll be the Angels' third baseman with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop. The Halos are going to have an excellent defense across the board in 2018. In addition to good glove work, Cozart broke out at the plate in 2017 with a .297/.385/.548 batting line and 24 home runs.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are interested in free agent Zack Cozart.

They'd ask him to play third base, with Andrelton Simmons locked in at shortstop and newcomer Ian Kinsler set to slide in at second. Cozart has never made an appearance at the hot corner at any level of professional baseball, but he's always been a good defender and is probably capable of making the transition. The market is beginning to pick up for the 32-year-old, who batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs over 122 games with the Reds in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:00:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Padres "will take a look at" free agent shortstop Zack Cozart.

The Padres have top prospect Fernando Tatis in the pipeline, so Cozart could find a lengthier offer elsewhere. The 32-year-old is usually known for his defense, but he had a career-year with the bat this past season, putting up a .297/.385/.548 batting line with 24 homers over 122 games.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:11:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels have interest in Zack Cozart if he's willing to move from shortstop to second base.

Crasnick also reports that the Angels are considering free agent Neil Walker, and earlier it was reported that they have interest in trading for Detroit's Ian Kinsler. Long story short, the Angels want to upgrade second base. Cozart would be an intriguing addition, and if he is willing to move positions, he and Andrelton Simmons would give Anaheim one of the best double-play combinations in baseball that isn't bereft of offensive ability. Cozart batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games for the Reds in 2017.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 08:12:00 PM

Zack Cozart will not receive a qualifying offer from the Reds.

This means that the Reds will not receive draft pick compensation if Cozart signs elsewhere. Extending a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer was apparently too rich for the Reds, but they are reportedly interested in talking about a multi-year deal at a lesser salary. Jose Peraza would likely take over shortstop duties if Cozart departs.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 02:42:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Zack Cozart is not expected to receive a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Reds.

Heyman writes that the Reds are interested in bringing Cozart back on a multi-year deal, but that a one-year, $17.4 million contract is "thought to be steep" for the club. The 32-year-old usually provides more value with his defense, but he's coming off a monster season at the plate where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7Alex Meyer
8J.C. Ramirez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Blake Parker
2Cam Bedrosian
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Noe Ramirez
7Blake Wood
8Justin Anderson
9Eduardo Paredes