Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed:
Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field!
In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories. The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you have quite a deficit to make up if you want to get on top of this little cul-de-sac of the baseball world.
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.