Can Kaleb Cowart be the LA Angels Answer at 2B?
The LA Angels have been rumored to be very interested in upgrading their second base position this offseason. However, could their answer be Kaleb Cowart?
LA Angels fans have heard it before. Kaleb Cowart is the answer at third, and last season it was Karen Cowart is the answer at second. Despite an underwhelming season after a red hot start, he still may be a better option than any free agents.
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Cowart is just now entering his prime. Most freee agent second basemen are either ending their prime or well past it. While he won’t give them as much offensive production this season, Cowart’s future would be ruined if he had to sit behind a veteran for another season.
It isn’t like Cowart has been abysmal in his time as a starter. Once the job was earned, he went on a tear in his first ten starts with 12 hits, four of which went for extra bases. However, he cooled down going into August, and his lack of RBI’s eventually lead the angels to trade for veteran Brandon Phillips.
However, Cowart also plays solid defense. He and Andrelton Simmons combined to be one of the best defensive duos up the middle in 2017. That’s something Billy Eppler has put a huge value on, and Cowart has delivered in that category as he possess the arm of a third baseman and the range of a middle infielder.
Another thing Cowart has going for him is his age and contract. Cowart is just 25 years old, and will be at the beginning of the 2018 season. He is still making under one million dollars each season. He is also under club control until the 2023 season.
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With Cowart’s age and contract, the Angels would be wise to pass on veteran second basemen in free agency and instead give Cowart one last shot. If he doesn’t work out, the 2018 free agency class is ripe with talent and the answer can surely be found there.