Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals

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Yesterday when the Royals designated Johnny Giavotella for assignment I wrote that other teams figured to be interested in the 26-year-old second baseman considering his solid hitting in the minors.

Sure enough the Angels have acquired Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Brian Broderick, who was signed to a minor-league deal last month and represents a marginal return.

Giavotella has struggled so far in the majors, but that amounts to fewer than 500 total plate appearances and he’s a career .315 hitter with as many walks as strikeouts in four seasons at Triple-A. He should get a look as Howie Kendrick’s replacement at second base.