LA Angels outfielder Colin Cowgill traded to Indians

By David Rice

As the LA Angels’ facelift continues, the team has said goodbye to another member of its 2015 roster as Colin Cowgill has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.

Cowgill was initially acquired by the Angels during the 2013 season from the New York Mets in a trade for minor leaguer Kyle Johnson.

Cowgill played in 211 games in three seasons for the Angels, hitting .236 with eight home runs and 31 runs batted in. For most of his Angels career, Cowgill was a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch hitter. Cowgill started in 112 games for the Angels and came off the bench in 99 games. Most of the games Cowgill started were in 2014 when he started 71 games throughout the season.

So far the Angels have lost Daniel Robertson, Colin Cowgill, Matt Joyce, Shane Victorino, David DeJesus and David Murphy, who were the six players who played in left field for the team during the 2015 season. The Angels could still try and re-sign Murphy if they want, but since they declined to exercise his $7 million club option, they are most likely not going to go that route. The team will most likely pursue a high-priced free agent option such as Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon or Ben Zobrist. All those players are possibilities to fill the Angels’ void in left field.

Cowgill had a tough 2015 season as he only played in 55 games due to a wrist injury. Cowgill batted .188 with one home run and two RBIs in 69 at-bats. Cowgill will now be playing for his fifth team in his six-year MLB career. The 29-year old will attempt to bounce back in 2016 and provide some outfield depth for the Indians.

Cowgill is well known for his defense and speed. He also will be playing for his third American League team. We wish him the best of luck and he will be missed in Anaheim. Just when you play us take it easy on us. Thank you for representing the LA Angels well.