The Seattle Mariners have acquired DH/ 1B Kendrys Morales from the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Justin Vargas, the Mariners announced.
The Angels had been looking to move someone, as they had a surplus of outfielders/ DHs after the Josh Hamilton signing. The team preferred to move Morales and keep Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos.
Morales who missed about a about a season and a half recovering from a broken leg, finally returned this season. He went on to hit .273/.320/.467 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in 484 at-bats.
The Angels were looking to acquire an innings eater, and got just that in Vargas. Last season for the Mariners, he went 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA. He posted 141 Ks in 217 1/3 innings and is in the final year of arbitration.
The acquisition of Vargas means that Garret Richards will more than likely start the season off at Triple-A and provide rotation depth.
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