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Angels' Zack Cozart: Joins Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cozart signed a three-year, $38 million contract with the Angels on Friday.

Cozart will look to follow up his All-Star campaign in 2017 with Los Angeles, as the Angels continue to make big splashes this winter. With Andrelton Simmons entrenched at the shortstop position, Cozart will move over to the hot corner and add to what should be a top-notch defensive infield. During the 2017 season with the Reds, Cozart hit .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs and 63 RBI. Although it seems far-fetched to think the 32-year-old will be able to repeat his power numbers, he posted a career-best 0.79 BB/K, so there is some hope that a batting average in the .270-.280 range may be sustainable.

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Angels' Luke Bard: Popped by Angels in Rule 5 draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bard was selected by the Angels with the 12th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

A 27-year-old righty reliever who has never pitched in the majors, Bard makes sense as a Rule 5 pick, as he is close to big-league ready. Last year he logged a 2.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 65.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Despite those gaudy strikeout totals, Bard was left unprotected for a reason, so don't expect him to see any high-leverage work in 2018. He will need to be kept on the active roster all season, otherwise he will be exposed to waivers and offered back to the Twins.

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Angels' Ian Kinsler: Officially traded to Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kinsler was traded to the Angels on Wednesday in exchange for minor leaguers Troy Montgomery and Wilkel Hernandez, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The deal is finally official after briefly being held up due to undisclosed reasons. Kinsler, who batted just .236/.313/.412 in 139 games last season, should immediately takeover as the team's starting second baseman next season. Even in what can be considered a down year for the veteran, he swatted 22 homers and will inevitably be an upgrade at the keystone for an Angels team that saw their second basemen turn in a combined .207/.274/.318 line last season. He'll likely slide into the top portion of the team's batting order and should benefit from being surrounded by the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.

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Angels' Ian Kinsler: Dealt to Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kinsler was traded to the Angels on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The Tigers' return hasn't been announced yet, but it appears Kinsler will be heading to the west coast as the Angels continue to build up their roster. The veteran second baseman is coming off a disappointing year by his standards. While he managed to swat 22 homers, he turned in an unimpressive .236 batting average to go along with his .725 OPS, both of which were the worst marks of his career. Kinsler will look to turn things around in what will be the final year of his contract, and he should benefit from playing with the big bats of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton. Expect him to immediately step in as the team's everyday starter at the keystone next season.

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Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Has sprained elbow ligament
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of his right ulnar collateral ligament and underwent a platelet-rich plasma shot in October to treat elbow pain, Yahoo Sports reports. Ohtani is also returning from ankle surgery in October.

A physical obtained by Yahoo Sports also notes that Ohtani will be able to start throwing about a month after receiving the PRP injection. While it sounds like this injury won't keep him from throwing in spring training, it does increase some risk that he could have a setback and further tear his UCL. And while many pitchers play through ligament tears, the PRP may indicate this injury could be more than minor.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGMike Trout , CF.306
HRJustin Upton , LF35
RBIJustin Upton , LF109
OBPMike Trout , CF.442
SLGMike Trout , CF.629
RJustin Upton , LF100
SBMike Trout , CF22
WJC Ramirez , SP11
ERARicky Nolasco , SP4.92
WHIPRicky Nolasco , SP1.45
KRicky Nolasco , SP143
SVBud Norris , RP19

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