Giants trade for Angels Cozart

The San Francisco Giants have acquired veteran shortstop Zack Cozart from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim along with prospect Will Wilson. The Giants sent cash considerations and 2016 7th round pick left hander Garrett Williams to complete the trade.

Zack Cozart was first drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 MLB draft out of the University of Mississippi by the Reds. Cozart spent 7 seasons with the Reds and hit .254 with 82 homers and collected 280 RBIs and made the All Star team in 2017. Cozart hit the free agent market after that season and signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While with the Halos, the 34 year old infielder hit just .190 and had only 5 home runs totaling 25 RBIs. Cozart spent a lot of time on the DL while in LA with 2 shoulder surgeries as well a grade 1 calf strain. San Francisco will pick up the remaining $12.67 million owed to Cozart from LA.

Will Wilson was the Angels #4 prospect in their organization and now enters as the Giants #10 prospect. San Francisco now has the number 10 and 15 picks from the 2019 MLB Draft, Hunter Bishop was taken with their 15th pick. He was taken out of NC State and hit .275 in the Pioneer League for the Orem Owlz, he also had 18 RBIs and 5 home runs while collecting 3 triples and 10 doubles. 

San Francisco will ship over cash considerations to the Angels as well as prospect Garrett Williams. Williams was taken by the Giants in the 2016 MLB Draft and spent time as high as AA for the Richmond Squirrels. The 25 year old left hander has a combined minors record of 18-24 with a 3.98 ERA striking out 304 batters in 321 innings pitched im 90 games and 59 were starts.

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