The Cardinals’ version of the offseason festival/fan interest thing is called the Winter Warm-up. It went down over the weekend and Christine Coleman of the Aaron Miles’ Fastball blog was there. She overheard Jaime Garcia dropping BSOML bombs:
“There’s always room to get better. But I am excited to get two full years under my belt. Physically this is the best I’ve ever felt.”
Spring is coming kids. Every BSOML we hear gets us that much closer.
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.