Kendry Morales hires Scott Boras

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777-2.jpgScott Boras lost Felipe Lopez as a client this week, but he gained a potentially more lucrative one in the form of Angels’ first baseman Kendry Morales, who has decided to leave the Hendricks brothers behind.

Morales, who signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract with the Angels in 2005, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after the 2010 season. The 26-year-old first baseman batted .306/.355/.569 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI last season, filling the shoes of Boras-client Mark Teixeira quite admirably.

According to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com, Boras is willing to discuss a long-term contract extension with the Angels. Guy moves fast. Sometimes.

By the way, Boras had some rather nice parting words for his former client Lopez:

“We wish Felipe well. He’s a fine player,” Boras said. “We understand
that a player gets frustrated when we contact all 30 teams numerous
times and there is not a starting job for him.”

Right.
 

Angels sign Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have signed infielder Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal.

That seems like a bargain deal for Cozart, who hit .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop in 2017. In Anaheim, however, he will not be playing short — not with Andrelton Simmons around — so he’ll slide over to third base. He’s never played there, but you figure he can handle it.

This is a pretty nifty move for the Angels, as the other top third base options — specifically, Mike Moustakas — are likely going to cost a lot more than what they’ll be paying Cozart.

Between this, the Ian Kinsler trade and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition, the Angels are going to be sporting a very different look in 2018.