One and done (for now): the Mets demote Collin McHugh

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Unless I’m missing something, there have been three good things for the Mets in the second half:

1. R.A. Dickey continuing to be R.A. Dickey;

2. The emergence of Matt Harvey; and

3. Yesterday’s spiffy debut of Collin McHugh, who tossed seven scoreless against Colorado.

Number three will be on hold for a while, unfortunately, because the Mets just shuffled him off to Buffalo to make room for Jeremy Hefner, who is coming back from paternity leave.

This is obviously not some problem. The Mets don’t need a fifth starter in the next week thanks to an off day and the rosters expand a week from Saturday. But it does kind of stink that a kid who just did something cool has to leave so quickly after doing it.

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.