A good, old-fashioned solid-bat-for-solid-arm trade has gone down in the AL West.
As first reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to send switch-hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas:
So just like that, the Angels have filled their need for a solid veteran starter and the Mariners have filled their need for a middle-of-the-order hitter.
This is hardly the boldest transaction as far as baseball trades go, but the impact of it on both teams and the AL West at large is bigger than you may think.
A look at the winners and losers of this deal will reveal why.