Pestano, who will report to triple-A Salt Lake, was one of the
But the former Anaheim Canyon High School and Cal State Fullerton standout struggled with elbow injuries and inconsistency in 2013, when he split the season between Cleveland and triple-A Columbus.
Pestano, 29, is physically sound this season, but he has spent most of 2014 at triple-A, going 2-4 with a 1.78 ERA in 32 games. He went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 games over two stints with the Indians, opening the season in the big leagues and getting optioned to triple-A in April and again in July.
“He’s an interesting guy,” Manager
Pestano throws his fastball, which sits in the 93-mph range, with what Angels reliever
"His stuff was really good," Smith said. "I don't know if the league caught onto him a little bit maybe, but he's not that far removed from [when he was effective], so it's not like he'll never get it back. You can very easily see him coming back."
Both Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto said the trade, which was prompted by a waiver claim the Angels made on Pestano, was made for the present and future.
The right-hander can be optioned to the minor leagues without having to pass through waivers in 2015, and he will be under club control for three more years.
"He's got his strikeout pitch back," Dipoto said. "He appears to be throwing the ball real well. Our reports are very positive. When he's right, his fastball is 92-93 mph, and the ball has extra hop through the zone. He has a slurve and a slider. They're both very effective.
"For a lot of reasons, he's a good fit for us. He adds to our depth. He's an optionable 29-year-old who has had a lot of success."