Royals fire Frank White from television broadcast

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Frank White played his entire 18-season career in Kansas City and has been a full-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts for the past three years, but the Royals announced today that he won’t be back on the air in 2012.

White resigned from his role as Royals senior advisor last winter after being told he’d have to take a pay cut because television obligations took up much of his time. And now he’s out of that job as well despite the Royals and FOX Sports issuing a statement saying he “performed admirably in the booth.”

No replacement has been named and producer Kevin Shank was let go along with White.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who used to work in Kansas City, says the Royals fired White “because the team thought he was too critical.” In which case they fired White for basically doing a good job, as the Royals have lost 91, 95, and 97 games during the past three seasons.

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.