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Report: Giants acquire Zack Cozart from Angels

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The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports that the Giants have acquired infielder Zack Cozart and minor league infielder Will Wilson from the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later and cash.

Cozart, 34, played in only 38 games last year due to a shoulder injury, ultimately undergoing an arthroscopic debridement of his left shoulder in July. He hit an ugly .124/.178/.144 in 107 trips to the plate. Cozart also played in only 58 games in 2018, the first year of his three-year, $38 million contract with the Angels. He’ll earn $12.67 million this year, the final year of the deal, which the Giants will cover, per Ardaya.

Wilson, 21, was selected by the Angels in the first round (15th overall) in the 2019 draft. In 46 rookie league games with the Orem Owlz, Wilson hit .275/.328/.439 with five home runs and 18 RBI. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ No. 4 prospect.

While Cozart has spent much of his career playing shortstop, he played mostly third base for the Angels. He also spent 135 innings at second base with the Angels. The trade is more about Wilson for the Giants, but Cozart could contribute at second base and generally as a backup infielder.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.