Angels, Mariners Swap Morales for Vargas

The Los Angeles Angels sent DH/1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-handed starter Jason Vargas. Morales adds offense to the Mariners lineup, while Vargas boosts the Angels' staff.

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The Los Angeles Angels traded slugger Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas on Wednesday.

Morales became expendable after L.A. signed former MVP Josh Hamilton to a 125 million dollar contract last week. The 29-year-old first baseman and designated hitter batted .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs last season in a bounce back year after missing all of 2011 due to a broken leg he suffered celebrating a grand slam at home plate in 2010. Vargas, also 29, led Seattle in wins last year, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA in a career best 217-and-one-third innings pitched. Both players are arbitration eligible and can become free agents after next season.

The rare trade between division rivals fills a need for both squads with Morales adding pop to a weak Mariners lineup while Vargas brings depth to a brand new rotation for the Angels. Stay with CineSport for the latest MLB news and be sure to follow us on twitter at CineSport.