Angels get 2B Giavotella from Royals …

The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Royals on Friday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Brian Broderick, who was recently signed out of the Mexican League.

Giavotella has posted a .238/.277/.334 slash line while appearing in 125 games with the Royals from 2011-14. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter was designated for assignment on Thursday so that the Royals could make room on the 40-man roster for starter Kris Medlen.

Giavotella, a second-round pick by the Royals in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, played in only 12 Major League games in 2014 and batted .308/.373/.440 in 114 Triple-A games. With the Angels, he can compete with Josh Rutledge and Grant Green for the starting job at second base, which used to belong to Howie Kendrick.

Broderick, 28, spent the 2014 season in independent ball, posting a 2.31 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 7.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 60 appearances for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

— Alden Gonzalez


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