ANGELS TRADE MORALES TO MARINERS
Anaheim, CA - Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed starter Jason Vargas in exchange for DH/1B Kendrys Morales the ball club announced this afternoon.
Jason Vargas, 29, reunites with his college rotation mate Jered Weaver as the Angels improve their rotation depth. Vargas led Seattle in wins in 2012 going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA for Seattle. Vargas pitched a career-high 217 1-3 innings. For his career Vargas has posted 36-42 with a 4.09 ERA with the Mariners.
Kendrys Morales had a break out MVP level season in 2009 while replacing the departed free agent Mark Teixeira.
Morales most infamous moment came in 2010 against his new team the Mariners. While celebrating a walk-off grand slam Morales slipped on home plate suffering severe ankle and lower leg injuries. Morales went on to have additional surgery to repair the damage and missed the 2011 season.
The 29 year-old Cuban born Morales bounced back big for the Angels in 2012 batting .273 with 22 HR and 73 RBI.
Vargas will join Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson in the Angels new look rotation. Over the off-season Jerry Dipoto has dramatically remade the pitching staff. While not as strong on paper as the 2012 staff the rotation should eat innings and give the Halo offense time to pile on plently of runs while handing the ball over to a rebuild bullpen.