Posted: Dec 1, 2011 12:52 AM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Dec 1, 2011 1:19 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have acquired catcher Chris Iannetta from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
The Angels dealt a top pitching prospect Wednesday to acquire Iannetta, the latest candidate to solve the club's catching woes.
Iannetta batted .238 last season with 14 homers, 55 RBIs and a .370 on-base percentage, second among NL catchers. He also made just two errors in 112 games during his sixth season with Colorado.
The Angels struggled to get even meager offense behind the plate last season after trading slugger Mike Napoli. Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger provided solid defense, but had miserable seasons at the plate, none batting above .209.
Chatwood went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA as a rookie, slumping down the stretch after spending much of last season as the Angels' fifth starter.
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