Report: Nationals sign Orlando Hernandez to minor league deal

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The Nationals have signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract, two club sources told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman.
El Duque last pitched in the majors with the Mets in 2007, going 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances. He missed the 2008 season with a foot problem that required surgery, and a comeback in 2009 was aborted after the Rangers declined to call him up from Triple-A in July.
Hernandez is listed as 40 years old, but he’s widely believed to be 43 or 44. If he can make it back to the majors with the Nationals, he’d be reunited with his half-brother Livan for the first time. The two were both with the Expos in the spring of 2003, but Orlando hurt his shoulder and missed the season.

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.