In a rare move where division rivals are helping each other out, the Los Angles Angels and Seattle Mariners have made a swap in order to fill needs on both teams. The Angels sent first baseman Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for lift-handed starter Jason Vargas.
Both teams had major needs at the given positions they traded for. The Angels are reeling after missing out on bringing back ace Zack Greinke and could use some help on their starting staff. The Mariners, on the other hand, have struck out badly when it comes to finding a viable hitter on the market to beef up their lineup after the Angels grabbed Josh Hamilton.
The trade couldn’t have been more straight up on either sides. Both players have one year of team control left on their contracts, both are serviceable players that are worthy of a starting role, but neither are lights out superstars and both have notable flaws.
Vargas is heading to Los Angeles which boasts a pitcher friendly ballpark. A lot of Vargas’ stats are arguably inflated because he pitched at Safeco Field, which is also a pitcher friendly park. Morales has more work cut out for him, as he missed most of the 2012 season and all of 2011, but managed to rebound last season.
The trade can be simplified into trading your chocolate milk for somebodies chocolate pudding. Neither side is really winning that much but at that same time they are nowhere near losing — at least on the surface.