Joe Nathan
Angels acquire pitcher Jose Alvarez from Tigers
Angels acquire pitcher Jose Alvarez from Tigers

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Detroit Tigers needed help at shortstop, and the Angels took advantage of that need to fortify their pitching depth. The Angels acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Tigers on Friday for shortstop Andrew Romine. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Alvarez would join the team Sunday and could emerge as a minor league starter or major league swingman. Dipoto said the trade addressed the "much-discussed" issue of whether the Angels had sufficient depth among starting pitchers. He cited Alvarez, Wade LeBlanc and Matt Shoemaker as options beyond the five starters in the rotation — omitting the name of Joe Blanton, who is set for what...