Angels trade Cowgill to Indians, non-tender Ramos

Angels trade Cowgill to Indians, non-tender Ramos

ANAHEIM -- The Angels traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Indians for cash considerations and non-tendered lefty reliever Cesar Ramos on Wednesday, the deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players.

Ramos was heading into his final season before free agency and was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $1.7 million in 2016. Cowgill is slated to make about $1 million in arbitration and is controllable for three more years. The Angels are now roughly $22 million below the luxury-tax threshold.

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Ramos was acquired from the Rays for pitching prospect Mark Sappington last offseason and turned in a solid year, posting a 2.75 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 2.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 65 appearances. But the 31-year-old was low in Mike Scioscia's bullpen pecking order, used largely in mop-up duty. Starter-turned-reliever Jose Alvarez became Scioscia's main matchup lefty down the stretch, even though he, like Ramos, is better-suited for multiple innings.

Cowgill, 29, has been a key fourth outfielder for the Angels over the past 2 1/2 years, serving as a late-game defender, pinch-runner and occasional starter against left-handed pitching. Cowgill's departure leaves Efren Navarro, Todd Cunningham and Rafael Ortega, signed Tuesday, to compete for the fourth outfield spot, though the Angels -- in desperate need for outfield depth in Triple-A -- are expected to continue to add depth.

Teams non-tender players, or trade them just before the deadline, because they don't want to pay them the salaries they're owed via the arbitration process.

Starters Garrett Richards (projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $6.8 million) and Hector Santiago ($5.1 million), right fielder Kole Calhoun ($3.6 million) and reliever Fernando Salas ($2.2 million) are also arbitration-eligible this offseason. They were all tendered contracts.

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