Los Angeles Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Seattle Mariners for Jason Vargas

The Los Angeles Angels' Kendrys Morales takes a The Los Angeles Angels' Kendrys Morales takes a swing during a game against the Seattle Mariners. (Oct. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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SEATTLE -- The Los Angeles Angels have traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas.

The 29-year-old Morales became expendable after the Angels agreed to a deal last week with free agent slugger Josh Hamilton. The Angels had been looking for a pitcher after losing Zack Greinke and Dan Haren to free agency and trading Ervin Santana.

Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs last season. He missed the entire 2011 season after breaking his leg early in 2010 while celebrating a game-ending grand slam against the Mariners.

Vargas led Seattle in wins last season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA. The 29-year-old is 36-42 with a 4.09 ERA in four years with the Mariners.

Morales and Vargas each are eligible for salary arbitration and can become free agents after next season.

The trade was announced Wednesday.

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