|Chris Stratton. Photo from NBC|
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired RHP Chris Stratton from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for LHP Williams Jerez.
The Angels always deal with rotation injuries. Both Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney are hurt, but could be ready for Opening Day. Stratton can fill in as a starter, and when everyone is healthy, improve a weak bullpen. They trade Jerez, a lefty reliever that made his debut last season.
Stratton, 27, had a 5.09 ERA with 112 strikeouts and a team leading 10 wins in 145 innings last season. He made 26 starts with two relief appearances. In his three year career in San Fran, Stratton has a 4.63 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 213.2 innings.
For the Giants, they had seven pitchers vying for a rotation spot. Stratton didn\’t make it, and he doesn\’t have options, so they traded him. Also not making it was Andrew Suarez, who was optioned to AAA. They receive Jerez, a younger pitcher and is a lefty.
Jerez, 26, made his MLB debut in 2018, with a 6.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 innings. He allowed two runs in 7.1 innings in Spring Training.