Angels Trade Andrew Romine For Jose Alvarez

The Los Angeles Angels have traded INF Andrew Romine to the Detroit Tigers for LHP Jose Alvarez. Taylor Ward takes you through how this will effect both teams and familiarizes you with the new depth pitcher for the Angels.

Today, the Los Angeles Angels traded utility infielder Andrew Romine to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for left-handed swingman pitcher Jose Alvarez.

Jose Alvarez, 24, signed with the Tigers prior to the 2012 season after spending some time with the Boston Red Sox and Florida (Miami) Marlins minor league system. In 2013, Alvarez was named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year for his 2.80 earned run average, 1.080 WHIP, 7.89 strikeouts per nine, 1.7 walks per nine, and 8-6 record with Triple-A Toledo in the International League. Alvarez was listed as a top 5 league leader in multiple categories including; ERA, WHIP, AVG, K/9, BB/9.

Alvarez made his Major League debut on June 9th, 2013, against the Cleveland Indians where he went six innings of three hit, one run baseball (on a solo home run), walking one, and striking out seven. Over the 2013 season in the Majors, Alvarez posted a 5.82 earned run average, a 1.500 WHIP, with a 1-5 record over 38.2 innings pitched.

Andrew Romine, 28, is a known defensive specialist. A fifth round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft never blossomed at the plate like expected, batting .250/.303/.270 over 74 Major League games. Romine has a gifted glove and could provide back of the order depth to any lineup.

The Angels have been desiring depth at the starting pitching position as well as left-handed relievers, which is something they attained with Jose Alvarez. Alvarez will more than likely be used as a swingman, being a long reliever in the bullpen and also be added depth at the starting pitcher position, sitting with Wade LeBlanc and Matt Shoemaker.

The Tigers added Andrew Romine as a product fill in until Jose Iglesias is healthy. However, Romine could show himself as the long term middle infield bench player for the Tigers for years to come.

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