SAN DIEGO — The Los Angeles Angels have traded veteran infielder Zack Cozart to the San Francisco Giants to shave nearly $13 million off their 2020 payroll, a savings they could use toward their pursuit of free agents.
The Giants are paying the entirety of Cozart’s upcoming $12.67 million salary to essentially acquire middle infielder Will Wilson, the 15th overall pick in last year’s draft. Wilson, ranked fourth in the Angels’ system by MLB.com, batted .275/.328/.439 in 204 plate appearances at rookie-level Orem earlier this summer and is considered a high-floor prospect.
The Angels will receive a player to be named or cash considerations from the Giants.
The Angels signed Cozart to a three-year, $38 million contract coming off his All-Star season with the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. But a litany of shoulder issues limited him to 96 games and a .190 batting average these past two seasons. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said recently that Cozart is now fully recovered and on track for a normal spring training. But with David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella and Luis Rengifo already in-house options for third base and second base, Cozart was easily expendable.