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Angels acquire veteran outfielders David DeJesus and David Murphy

Angels acquire veteran outfielders David DeJesus and David Murphy
Left fielder David DeJesus reacts after hitting a liner during a game on June 29. (Will Vragovic / TNS)

The Angels added a pair of veteran left-handed-hitting outfielders in two separate deals Tuesday, acquiring David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays and David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians.

Both DeJesus, 35, and Murphy, 33, give the Angels platoon options to pair with right-handed hitting outfielder Shane Victorino, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, and right-handed hitting designated hitter C.J. Cron.

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Victorino arrived at Minute Maid Park about 2 1/2 hours before Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros and is in left field, batting eighth. DeJesus is considered a better defensive outfielder than Murphy and can also play center field.

The deal for DeJesus, who hit .259 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in in 82 games for the Rays, was announced before the opener of a three-game series against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park

The Angels sent rookie-league right-hander Eduar Lopez, who is 2-2 with a 4.32 earned-run average and 33 strikeouts in eight games for Orem, Utah, this season, to Tampa Bay for DeJesus.

The Murphy trade was officially announced during the first inning of the Angels' game against the Astros.

Murphy was scratched from Cleveland's lineup before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City. The Angels will send double-A shortstop Eric Stamets to the Indians for Murphy.

Murphy hit .296 with a .344 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage, five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games for the Indians, with 192 of his 206 at-bats coming against right-handed pitchers.

While DeJesus, Murphy and Victorino were not among the top outfield bats believed to be available, a list that includes San Diego's Justin Upton, Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, Milwaukee's Gerrardo Parra and Philadelphia's Ben Revere, the Angels did not have to give up any of their premium prospects to acquire them.

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