The Los Angeles Angels traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for lefthander Jason Vargas.
The 29-year-old Morales became expendable after the Angels signed free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton last week. The Angels had been looking for a pitcher after losing Zack Greinke and Dan Haren to free agency and trading Ervin Santana.
Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs last season.
Vargas, 29, led Seattle in wins last season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA.
Mickelson sticks with golf. Phil Mickelson will not be involved with the group that bought the San Diego Padres in August, his spokesman, T.R. Reinman, said late Tuesday.
Mickelson had spoken excitedly about the possibility of joining the ownership group.
Moves. The New York Yankees made Ichiro Suzuki's two-year, $13 million deal official. . . . The Boston Red Sox signed off on a two-year contract with righthander Ryan Dempster, 35. The deal is worth $26.5 million. Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers in 2012. . . . The Houston Astros traded minor-league lefthander Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles for righthander John Ely. . . . The Toronto Blue Jays claimed righthander Mickey Storey off waivers from the Astros. . . . The Detroit Tigers released lefthander Adam Wilk after they sold his contract to a team from the Korean Baseball League. Wilk went 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA in three starts for the Tigers in 2012.
Suspension. Free-agent pitcher Kyle Pelchy was suspended 50 games under baseball's minor-league drug program after refusing to take an offseason test.
Pelchy was penalized by the commissioner's office. The penalty will start when he signs with a big-league organization.