The Reds are probably stuck with Bronson Arroyo, for better or worse

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The Reds inked Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension last week, but it turns out that similar to the contracts recently handed out to Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, it includes some deferred money.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Arroyo will earn $6.5 million next season and $7 million in 2012, which is actually a pretty nice bargain for the Reds moving forward. This sets Arroyo up to make $18 million in the final year of his contract in 2013, which sounds insane on the surface, but Rosenthal adds that all but $3 million will be deferred without interest.

And so, even though Arroyo didn’t receive an official no-trade clause, he really doesn’t need one. If he is traded, Rosenthal writes that the deferral would be voided and he will be paid his entire $18 million salary for 2013 upfront. That Cliff Lee fellow might start to look pretty good by comparison. Arroyo probably isn’t going anywhere, anyway, as he gains 10-and-5 rights next 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.