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Angels acquire Blash from Yankees

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jabari Blash 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 Alex Meyer, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery, to the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees designated Blash for assignment after acquiring Brandon Drury 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.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jabari Blash 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 Alex Meyer, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery, to the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees designated Blash for assignment after acquiring Brandon Drury 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 Chase Headley in December.

Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun 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.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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