Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/19/12
The Los Angeles Angels, who needed to clear a spot in the lineup, found a willing trade partner in the Seattle Mariners, a team in need of an offensive boost. The result was the Wednesday deal that sent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners in exchange for left-hander Jason Vargas. The recent arrival of Josh Hamilton in Anaheim left the Angels with too many players to man their outfield, first base and DH slots. Hamilton figures to take over in left field, with American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout in center and Mark Trumbo in right. The Angels are set at first base with Albert Pujols. Thus, if Morales remained, he would have shared time with slick-fielding, speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos. The deal with Seattle allows Bourjos to play in the outfield, with the others sharing DH duties. Morales, 29, is best known for fracturing his left ankle while jumping on home plate to complete a walk-off grand slam on May 29, 2010 -- against the Marine...
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