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Zack Cozart | Shortstop | #2

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
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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

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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

Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he plans to keep in touch with impending free agent Zack Cozart to "see if there’s something that can be worked out there."

It's going to cost them, as Cozart is coming off a career-year where he batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI over 122 games. The 32-year-old also played his usual strong defense at shortstop. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late last week that the club was still mulling over whether to make him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer. If Cozart was to sign elsewhere, Williams indicated that Jose Peraza would be the "primary candidate" to replace him at shortstop.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 02:45:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Reds will discuss this week whether to make Zack Cozart a $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It sounds up in the air, with Heyman writing that the club is "going to heavily debate it. An impending free agent, Cozart would seem to be in line for a multi-year contract this winter after a career-best offensive season and continued good defense. However, he's 32 and the Reds have had trouble trading him the last two years, so perhaps Cozart's market won't be as robust as it seems it might be.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Zack Cozart (quad) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Cozart missed Thursday's game after departing Wednesday's contest with more tightness in his right quad, an ailment that's been bothering him for a while now. He tested things out pre-game, though, and is feeling well enough to give it a go. Cozart is at shortstop and batting second versus Jose Quintana and the Cubs.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Zack Cozart (quad) is out of the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and Scooter Gennett will play second base. Cozart left Wednesday's game in the third inning after experiencing tightness in his right quad. Consider him day-to-day for the final stretch of the regular season.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Zack Cozart left Wednesday's game against Milwaukee early with tightness in his right quad.

He left in the third inning and was replaced by Jose Peraza. He finishes the day 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. We should have more information about the injury after the game, but for now he should be considered day-to-day.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:05:00 PM

Zack Cozart drew a walk and socked a solo homer on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

The solo blast came in the seventh inning off of Josh Hader. Cozart has now gone deep seven times this month as he continues to advance his career high in home runs (he's now up to 24).
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:10:00 PM

Zack Cozart socked a two-run homer and added a single Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

Cozart took John Gant deep in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-0 lead at the time, but the Cardinals outscored them 8-3 the rest of the way. It was Cozart's 23rd bomb of the season, and five of them have come over his last seven contests.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 11:00:00 PM

Zack Cozart is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Zach Vincej is at shortstop in what is his first start in the majors.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Zack Cozart slugged a pair of solo home runs to lead his team to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

He victimized starter Chad Kuhl twice in the contest. It was his third multi-homer game of the season despite missing about five weeks' worth of games with various maladies this year. He is having by far the best season of his career as he heads into free agency this winter. Cozart has an excellent .302/.391/.558 slash line with 22 homers, 60 RBI and 74 runs scored in 398 at-bats in 111 games.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:06:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2Jefry Marte
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
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PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2J.C. Ramirez
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Parker Bridwell
6Alex Meyer
7Andrew Heaney
8Troy Scribner
9Nick Tropeano
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PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Wood
7Noe Ramirez
8Eduardo Paredes
9Luke Bard