David Wright has been shut down with an intercostal strain and was expected to miss several weeks, including Opening Day. Terry Collins is more optimistic than that, however, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Collins is “confident” that Wright will be ready for Opening Day.
Obviously it’s more important that he’s around and available for the bulk of the season, but if things are looking good now that’s a good sign. Bigger question: will the time off cool down Wright, who was absolutely raking when he went down with the injury during the WBC?
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.