Los Angeles Angels

Santiago and Smith are ex-Halos

GARRETT RICHARDS is one of three Angels starting pitchers out with injuries.

GARRETT RICHARDS is one of three Angels starting pitchers out with injuries.

Two familiar faces are gone from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitching staff, as the team traded staring pitcher Hector Santiago and reliever Joe Smith on Monday.

angelslogoSantiago, who had a 9-4 record for the Halos, was sent to the Minnesota Twins and Smith to the Chicago Cubs. In return, the Angels got Ricky Nolasco, Alex Meyer and Jesus Castillo.

Santiago was impressive right up to the trade, posting a 6-0 record in July. Smith, a middle reliever, has been averaging 64 appearances a year since 2010.

The Angels also unloaded outfielders Daniel Nava and Craig Centry.

The Halos are trying to build up their starting pitching resources with three hurlers – Nick Tropeano, Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards – all out with arm injuries.

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