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.Get More MLB Video
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.