The Angels traded for a starting pitcher Wednesday, but perhaps the best part of that news for them wasthey didnt have to give up Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo to get him.
Left-hander Jason Vargas, a 14-game winner last season with the Seattle Mariners, was acquired in exchange for designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who made a successful return last season after missing all of 2011 and most of 2010 because of a broken ankle.
"It's a great opportunity for me to be with an organization that's committed to winning now, obviously, and putting a team on the field that is going to be premier from top to bottom," said Vargas. "It's exciting for me."
After the Angels signed free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton last week, it was assumed that general manager Jerry Dipoto would have to deal one of his two most valuable commodities, either Bourjos or Trumbo, in order to add a starter to the teams rotation.
But he worked a deal with American League West rival Seattle for Morales, who hit 22 h...