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Angels trade infielders Zack Cozart and Will Wilson to Giants

The move clears cap space.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The short summary: The Angels like money. Money helps them sign good players, who cost a lot of money. The Angels traded someone who cost them a lot of money.

The Zack Cozart era in Anaheim is over.

You can insert all the “It’s Happening” memes you want, because it could, quite honestly, be happening. The Zack Cozart signing was a good process, but unfortunately, the results didn’t quite hold up. He was due over $12 million in 2020.

The Angels wanted that $12 million in 2020. It cost them an asset. Read about when we first drafted shortstop Will Wilson and the reactions that came with it.

According to Baseball Trade Values, the Angels came out on top here. I’m inclined to agree, taking the Sunk Cost Fallacy into account (Wilson was the 15th overall pick in 2019).

Several of our writers traded Cozart in our If I Were Eppler series, presumably for the same reason the Angels did in real life.

Let’s see what happens next. Hopefully this one doesn’t come back to bite us.