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Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels just did not feel comfortable going with either Garrett Richards or Jerome Williams as their No. 5 starting pitcher in the rotation to begin the 2013 MLB season, so they decided to make a move by trading one of their surplus bats. On Wednesday, the Angels traded Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for Jason Vargas.
Morales was entering the final year of his contract, and there had been rumors ever since the Angels signed Josh Hamilton that the team would look to move a bat for an arm. While Peter Bourjos was mentioned most often, the Angels preferred to keep the outfield strong defensively and use Mark Trumbo at first base to spell Albert Pujols while he serves as the primary designated hitter throughout most of the season.
Vargas will slide into the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in the rotation for the Angels, one which also features Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson at the top, as well as Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton to round out the starting five. It should be more than a formidable starting rotation, even in the offensive happy American League West.
Then again, the Angels just took the greatest piece that the Rangers had, and the Houston Astros coming over should be a feast for opposing pitching.
It is rare to see two teams pull off a trade within the same division, but this one should benefit both teams. The Angels wanted another pitcher, while the Mariners have been seeking an offensive upgrade for years. Having already signed Jason Bay and acquired Robert Andino this offseason, and now they add Morales at a rather inexpensive rate for next season.
The move will still allow both teams to have financial flexibility going forward, as Morales and Vargas will earn less than $5 million as they enter another year of arbitration, in which they could receive considerable raises, depending on how well they perform for their new teams in 2013.
This trade may wrap up a busy offseason for the Angels, although I would not rule out another move or so going forward. The Mariners, however, are still looking to wheel and deal, and may still sign a marquee free agent, especially one who can provide some more power to a rather anemic lineup from the 2012 season.
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M’s find another bat for 2013
With the trade of Jason Vargas to the Los Angeles Angels for Kendrys Morales, the Mariners have made their biggest splash of the offseason.
Both players are 29 years old and set to be free agents in 2014. But they also fill big needs for their news teams. This is a win-win for everyone.
And it was certainly the right move for Seattle.
ANAHEIM, CA The Angels have acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Kendrys Morales. Wednesdays transaction was announced by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Vargas, 29, finished the 2012 season with a 14-11 record with a 3.85 ERA (217.1 IP 93 ER) and 141 strikeouts. The left-hander led the Mariner staff in wins and quality starts...
The Los Angeles Angels have traded first basemen Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in return for starting pitcher Jason Vargas, according to a report on Twitter by Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez.
Morales has spent the last six seasons with the Angels. He was sidelined in 2010 with an ankle injury that required surgery and made him miss all of the 2011 season. In 2012 he...
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...
By Chuck Richter - AngelsWin.com Executive Editor
The Angels Wednesday acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Kendrys Morales. Today’s transaction was announced by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Vargas, 29, finished the 2012 season with a 14-11 record with a 3.85 ERA (217.1 IP – 93 ER) and 141 strikeouts. The left-hander...
The Mariners had been very quiet this offseason, but they perked up on Wednesday and acquired a much needed bat.
The Angels traded Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for starting pitcher Jason Vargas, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Morales will likely be Seattle’s designated hitter, pushing Jesus Montero to be a full-time catcher.
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The acquisition of Josh Hamilton gave the Angels what they wanted, but it also left the Angels with a little problem: between Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, and Kendrys Morales, they had too many good players for too few spots. This was, as they say, a nice problem to have, and the Angels also felt they had a need for another innings-eating starting pitcher. So in a move surprising...
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...
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...
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Kendrys Morales goes to Seattle, and the Angels get Jason Vargas.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have quickly fixed the logjam in their offense that was created when they signed Josh Hamilton by dealing designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Vargas. The trade will allow the team to keep Peter Bourjos (who Jon Heyman predicted would now be the team's center fielder), along with getting...