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Angels Acquire Jason Vargas

December 19th, 2012

The Angels have acquired left-handed starter Jason Vargas in exchange for 1B/DH Kendrys Morales. This trade fills out the Angels’ rotation and opens the DH spot, presumably for Mark Trumbo.

Vargas, who turns 30 in February, is a solid middle-to-back-end starter. He won’t walk a ton of batters, but he’ll allow a moderate number of fly balls, which didn’t often leave the confines of Safeco Field. He’s another innings eater, having tossed an average of 203.2 innings over the past three seasons. Vargas, like Morales, is arbitration-eligible for the final time, and will become a free agent after the 2013 season.

Morales is coming off of his first season back after missing all of 2011, and most of 2010, with a leg injury. He wasn’t spectacular, but he was solid all year, finishing with a .273/.320/.467 line over 522 plate appearances. His home run power returned later in the season, and he hit 14 of his 22 home runs after July 1.



  • Jon Jonzz says on: December 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm


    I was one of those who wanted Morales to be the one traded and I guess Vargas is about right for the one season of him Seattle will get. I don’t care if Bourjos hits .220, he’ll make both Trout and Hamilton better. Trumbo can now DH and be the backup 1B, which he’s not bad at. Well done, Jerry!

    • Hudson Belinsky says on: December 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm


      I think the Angels have higher expectations for Bourjos. If he hits in the .270 range, he’s an above-average contributor.

  • ParisB says on: December 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm


    Not bad. Using Trumbo at the DH will allow Bourjos and Trout to maximize the +Defense. Trumbo can play OF the days Hamilton needs a break. Lineup is still upper tier and balanced with speed and power.

    Rotation is solid. Better than the Washburn, Appier, Ortiz trio that won them a world series in ’02. Good balanced rosters win you championships, not elite rotations. Otherwise, Tampa Bay and Oakland would be champions every year. I think people forget that last season Angels starters led the league in quality starts and were top 3 in most categories even though Santana was terrible, Haren was mediocre, Weaver missed a month, and Williams was mediocre also. Hanson and Blanton and Vargas could potentially be an upgrade. Bullpen will not blow 22 games again.

    Angels have a solid lineup, solid defense, solid rotation, and solid bullpen.

    • Dubya19 says on: December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am


      You’re way over-selling the Angels rotation, both in terms of last year’s performance and expectations for 2013. In fact, you’re over-selling the team as a whole.

      They do have a solid lineup and terrific outfield defense, but the rotation is subpar and the bullpen is average, at best. As of right now, this is an 80-85 win team that will likely finish in 3rd place again.

  • RSBueltz says on: December 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm


    I’m hopeful with steady at-bats Bourjos will improve his OBP. With PB hitting in the nine spot, getting on base (and a threat to steal with his speed) will get Trout better pitches to hit. Bourjos and Trout circling the bases has the threat of creating its own micro-climate.

  • sleepy49er says on: December 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm


    Love this trade. Now Scioscia doent have to make that decision of whether to pinchrun for the Morales (August 1, 2012 – vs Texas). I hope Bourjos can contribute with the bat and that we dont end up with another Brandon Wood “waiting for potential”.

    • Blain is the Name says on: December 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm



      Don’t forget Borjous has one full season under his belt where he hit .273 with 12 HR’s, 25 doubles and 10 triples. The kid already is better than Brandon Wood ever was.

      I think in the .260 range with a crap load of doubles and steals would be awesome.

      • sleepy49er says on: December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am


        Like I said lets hope. What the heck we always have that Wells guy in case.

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