The Los Angeles Angels are gearing up to make runs at Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. The organization is doing all it can to clear the roster space and cap space to make offers that are in the right range for both of these players. The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a deal that sends infielder Zack Cozart, infielder Will Wilson, and a Player to be Named Later (PTBNL) to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations. The cash considerations are Zack Cozart’s contract, which will be fully taken on by the Giants, saving the Angels $12.67 million.
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In 2019, Cozart had his season cut short due to injuries, which kept him sidelined. He would only play in 38 games in the 2019 season managing a .124/.144/.178 slash line with only 7 RBI on the season. It was not a good start to the year for Cozart, who ended up having his season stopped early with the injury. This allowed David Fletcher to catch fire and be the solid everyday starter that he was for the Angels ballclub.
Will Wilson, the other known piece to the trade that was sent to the Giants, is a new prospect. Wilson spent 2019 in rookie ball for the Angels after spending three years with North Carolina State University. In 46 games with the rookie ball club, he hit .275/.439/.328 with five home runs and eighteen RBI. There will eventually be another piece heading to the Giants, but for the time being, these two players are providing the Angels with some cap space to make runs at Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, whom the Angels are tied to. With freshly signed Stephen Strasburg taking home $245 million over seven years, the figures for Cole’s contract are said to blow that out of the water, only time will tell.