Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 12/19/12
We all knew a trade of a bat for an arm was coming, and now here it is.  The Angels have traded 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-handed starter Jason Vargas. In a word: meh. At first glance, it seems that the Angels might have gotten the lesser value in the deal.  Vargas certainly fits the mold of the pitcher the Halos were said to be targeting in return for Morales.  They wanted an innings eater and that is exactly what Vargas is, having thrown 192 or more innings each of the last three years.  He, however, also isn't really that good, which is true of most pitchers described as "innings eaters." While Vargas' ERA has hovered right around 4.00 the last three season, his peripherals don't support that number as he was pitching in spacious Safeco Field, which is one of the few AL parks that is actually more friendly to pitchers than the Big A.  As such, he'll probably see his numbers take a marginal hit on the move down the coast alone.  Of course, w...
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