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.
For the Angels, this solidifies their outfield. Gonzalez predicts Los Angeles will play Mike Trout in left field, Peter Bourjos in center and Josh Hamilton in right. Mark Trumbo will DH.
Vargas had been helped by Seattle’s pitching haven, Safeco Field. Last season, Vargas had a 2.74 ERA and 9 home runs allowed in 14 starts at home. On the road, Vargas had a 4.78 ERA and 26 home runs in 19 starts. The Mariners are moving their fences in this season, so Vargas’ home-field advantage could have diminished in 2013 and beyond.