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Angels Upgrade Pitching Staff

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Jason Vargas

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After signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal last week, the Los Angeles Angels certainly had some offense to spare.

After losing Zack Greinke, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren from their rotation, they were left with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, and a whole lot of nothing after that.

Now, that's changed a bit after the Angels traded first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the offensive-starved Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Jason Vargas.

Vargas was teammates with Weaver at Long Beach State and has been good for Seattle over the years. Vargas posted a 3.85 ERA and was 14-11 for the Mariners, but the ERA could be a little deceiving. He posted a 2.74 ERA at pitcher-friendly Safeco Park in Seattle, and a 4.78 ERA on the road last season.

But even still, this is a win-win trade for two of the Rangers' divisional rivals and more reason for knee-jerk Rangers fans to freak out as the Rangers have yet to do anything of note in the offseason while their division opponents are improving their teams.

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