Drew Naylor, a 25-year-old right-hander in his sixth year in the Phillies system, underwent Tommy John surgery, the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports, and likely will be sidelined into 2012.
Naylor had been on the shelf with an elbow injury since the spring. He went 12-10 with a 4.63 ERA and a 113/44 K/BB ratio in 167 IP for Double-A Reading last year. He was on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, though he wasn’t regarded as a top prospect after his lack of progress the last two years.
A native of Australia, Naylor pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning his only appearance.
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.