All-Star Cozart agrees to $38M, 3-year deal with Angels


FILE - In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart hits a double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning of a baseball game, in Cincinnati. All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced their latest high-profile acquisition Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Cozart is coming off an outstanding season with the Cincinnati Reds, his only previous big-league club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base.

Cozart gets $13 million in each of the next two seasons and $12 million in 2020 as part the deal announced Friday.

The 32-year-old was a first-time All-Start this year. He hit .297 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs.

Cozart has a .254 average in seven big league seasons, all with Cincinnati.

Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is at shortstop for the Angels. Yunel Escobar is not expected to return at third after struggling with injuries this year.

Los Angeles reached an agreement last week with Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani and acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit this week.

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FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart hits a double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning of a baseball game, in Cincinnati. All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced their latest high-profile acquisition Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Cozart is coming off an outstanding season with the Cincinnati Reds, his only previous big-league club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_119433817-a5e48da3dbd44ad19d8bc574aa5e302f.jpgFILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart hits a double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning of a baseball game, in Cincinnati. All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced their latest high-profile acquisition Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Cozart is coming off an outstanding season with the Cincinnati Reds, his only previous big-league club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)