Angels acquire Giolito, Lopez from White Sox for 2 prospects

Angels acquire Giolito, Lopez from White Sox for 2 prospects

The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-handers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for catcher Edgar Quero and left-hander Ky Bush, the club announced Wednesday.

The move comes on the heels of the Angels reportedly telling teams two-way star Shohei Ohtani is off the trade market, and that they would be looking to add to the roster ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Giolito is scheduled for free agency at the conclusion of the season. The 29-year-old is enjoying a strong 2023, posting a 6-6 record with a 3.79 ERA and 9.74 K/9 across 121 innings. He’ll slot into the Angels’ rotation behind Ohtani and alongside Reid Detmers, Patrick Sandoval, Griffin Canning, and Tyler Anderson.

Lopez, 29, is also scheduled to hit free agency following the season. The hurler owns a 4.29 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 42 innings in 2023.

Quero was the Angels’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 20-year-old is slashing .246/.386/.332 with three home runs and 35 RBIs at Double-A.

Bush was a second-round pick in the 2021 draft. The 23-year-old was the Angels’ No. 3 prospect and registered a 1-3 record with a 5.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts in six Double-A starts.

The Angels may not be done adding to the roster, as they reportedly also discussed a trade with the Washington Nationals for third baseman Jeimer Candelario, a source told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

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