Angels acquire Blash from Yankees

February 22nd, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring from the Yankees in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the club transferred , who is recovering from right shoulder surgery, to the 60-day disabled list.
The Yankees designated Blash for assignment after acquiring as part of a three-team trade with the D-backs and Rays on Tuesday. Blash is known for his immense power, but the 28-year-old has struggled to translate that skill to the Majors, batting .213 with a .675 OPS, five home runs and 66 strikeouts over 195 plate appearances with the Padres in 2017.
San Diego traded Blash to New York for in December.
, and are projected to comprise the Angels' starting outfield this year, with veteran Chris Young serving as the backup, so Blash is likely to open the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.