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Are there any more moves on the horizon for the LA Angels?

By David Rice
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 19: Mike Moustakas #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after scoring a run off of a single hit by Erik Kratz #15 against Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 19: Mike Moustakas #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after scoring a run off of a single hit by Erik Kratz #15 against Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Mike Moustakas –

The Angels were in the hunt to sign Mike Moustakas in the winter of 2017, but in the end they decided to invest their money in Zack Cozart giving him a three-year deal worth 38 million dollars.  Cozart had a sub-par season through the first two months and then tore his labrum in his right shoulder and was out for the rest of the season.

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The Angels are hoping Cozart will return healthy in 2019 and hopefully his performance will improve, but since Cozart can also play shortstop and second base they could move Cozart to second if they were to sign Moustakas. Moustakas had another outstanding season and like Gio Gonzalez he was traded to the Brewers to bolster their playoff run which he did as well hitting eight homers and driving in 33 runs over the last two months of the season.

The downside to Moustakas is that he has a career .251 batting average and his OBP is only .307, but he has a knack for coming through in the clutch and his fielding is above average as well. He also has good power with 20 plus home runs and 80 plus RBIs in four of the past five seasons.

If the Angels could get him for under 12 million dollars or somewhere close to that figure it would be a good deal for the Angels and the best thing is he is only 29 years old. The addition of Moustakas would bolster an Angel line-up even more.

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