TEMPE, Ariz. -- The
The Angels acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Tigers on Friday for shortstop
Romine, 28, was out of options and unlikely to make the Angels. Tigers General Manager
"I'm pumped," Romine said. "Obviously, it's a great team. You can't argue that. They're going to be going for a world championship every year."
Alvarez, 24, the Tigers' minor league pitcher of the year last season, went 8-6 with a 2.40 earned-run average in 21 games at triple-A Toledo and 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA in 14 games for the Tigers.
The Angels consider Alvarez a potential back-end starter, with a fastball in the 88-90 mph range and a solid changeup.
Among the Angels' other non-roster invitees, infielders
Romine, a fifth-round draft choice in 2007, played for the Angels in parts of the last four seasons. He attended Trabuco Hills High and lives in Lake Forest, and he said the excitement of the Detroit opportunity was tempered by leaving his hometown team, and his friends in the only organization he has ever known.
He was not startled by the trade, but he was startled by how he found out. Dipoto pulled him off the field during batting practice.