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80-82, 2nd in AL West
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Angels' Cozart signing sends a message (1:04)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

If Zack Cozart adapts nicely to third base, that's going to be an amazing Angels defensive infield. Their pitchers, while not household names, just became a heck of a lot more interesting fantasy picks.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Just give Billy Eppler the executive of the year award already. His offseason has turned the Angels into a strong wild-card favorite: He re-signed Justin Upton, convinced Shohei Ohtani to come to Anaheim, traded for Ian Kinsler and now signed Zack Cozart. Obviously, Cozart won't play shortstop with Andrelton Simmons around, but Simmons, Cozart and Kinsler should give the Angels maybe the best defensive infield in the league.

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Angels sign ex-Reds SS Cozart to 3-year deal

The Los Angeles Angels made their third high-profile acquisition this month, signing former Reds shortstop Zack Cozart to a three-year deal worth $38 million. The All-Star also agreed to be the team's third baseman.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Zack Cozart gets three years to play third base for the Angels, but for fantasy purposes he'll retain shortstop eligibility for all of 2018. What's less certain are his durability and his offensive numbers. Cozart has never had a season like he just did, the power and the walks. Perhaps he can sustain it all and he'd be a coveted fantasy middle infielder, but it's tough to regard him as a safe bet to hit .297 with 24 homers. Timing indeed is everything!

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Zack Cozart gets three years to play third base for the Angels, but for fantasy purposes he'll retain shortstop eligibility for all of 2018. What's less certain are his durability and his offensive numbers. Cozart has never had a season like he just did, the power and the walks. Perhaps he can sustain it all and he'd be a coveted fantasy middle infielder, but it's tough to regard him as a safe bet to hit .297 with 24 homers. Timing indeed is everything!

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

How the Angels structure their lineup will have a bearing on both Ian Kinsler's and Kole Calhoun's fantasy value in 2018. The one who leads off -- I'm guessing Kinsler -- will reap the greater reward in terms of maximized PAs and run-scored potential. With the trade I'd move Kinsler up a spot ahead of Starlin Castro to 18th among second basemen, since he's the one now on the clearly stronger offense.

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4dBuster Olney

Sources: MLB seeks info on Ohtani injury leak

Major League Baseball plans to look into the source of information about Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury and determine whether the story came from a team official, sources told ESPN.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.

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Most 5-WAR seasons since 2013 (Position Players): Mike Trout 5, Ian Kinsler 4, Josh Donaldson 4, Adrián Beltré 4.

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Ian Kinsler's 37 Defensive Runs Saved are the most among 2B over the last 3 seasons. No one else had more than 17.

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The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal for 2B Ian Kinsler. Angels 2B ranked in the bottom 3 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage last season. The 4 who played the position most often combined for -0.9 WAR. Kinsler had an off year last season, hitting .236 with a .725 OPS, 50 points below what each of those numbers were from 2014 to 2016.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia pronounced himself optimistic about Shohei Ohtani's health after a Yahoo Sports report revealed that the team's new addition has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "The understanding we have is that it's something that's behind him," Scioscia said. "There's no concern. There are no restrictions. He'll be full go in spring training." Scioscia reiterated that the Angels are thinking about using Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation in 2018.

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BBTN: Ohtani Concerns Already? Orioles Ready To Move Machado?

Before a chat with Yankees GM Brian Cashman (24:16), Buster Olney talks to Keith Law about Shohei Ohtani's UCL issues, the possibility of a Manny Machado trade and more (3:02). Plus, "Inside Heat" on the Mets from Steve Gelbs (29:13) and Rays from Marc Topkin (37:21).

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Angels GM confirms Ohtani had PRP injection

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow in October, but general manager Billy Eppler said the team is pleased with Ohtani's physical condition.

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6dDan Szymborski

Teams that need to go for it in 2018

The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture?

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs71022nd
Batting Average.24328th
On Base Percentage.31523rd
Slugging Percentage.39727th
Earned Run Average4.2012th
Quality Starts61Tied-27th
WHIP1.2810th
BAA.25110th