The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder David DeJesus and David Murphy in separate trades on Tuesday.
The Angels announced the DeJesus trade, while The Los Angeles Times’s Mike DiGiovanna reported the Murphy deal.
DeJesus is coming from the Tampa Bay Rays, who acquired minor-league righthander Eduar Lopez in return. Murphy was traded by the Cleveland Indians, who landed minor-league shortstop Eric Stamets in exchange.
DeJesus and Murphy join an Angels leftfielder platoon that also includes Shane Victorino, whom Los Angeles acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Angels leftfielder Matt Joyce was also placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday.
DeJesus, 35, is batting .259 with five home runs, 26 RBIs, a .323 on-base percentage and .375 slugging percentage over 82 games. He is owed about $2 million of the $5 million he will make this season from the Angels, as well as a $1 million buyout on his 2016 $5 million team option.
Murphy, 33, is batting .296 with five home runs, 27 RBIs, a .344 on-base percentage and .437 slugging percentage over 84 games. He will make $6 million this season and has a $7 million team option for 2016 with a $500,000 buyout.
Stamets, 23, spent 62 games with the Angels’ Double A Arkansas affiliate this season. Baseball America ranked Stamets Los Angeles’s No. 23 prospect before the season.
Lopez appeared in eight games for the Angels’ rookie-league affiliate in Orem, Utah. Baseball America ranked Lopez the Angels’ No. 22 prospect before the season.
The Angels entered Tuesday 55–43, one game ahead of the Houston Astros in the AL West.
- Mike Fiammetta