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Indians acquire former UK star Collin Cowgill from Angels

The Los Angeles Angels’ Collin Cowgill waited at the top of the dugout for his at-bat against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
The Los Angeles Angels’ Collin Cowgill waited at the top of the dugout for his at-bat against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Associated Press

The Indians acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels for cash.

Cowgill, who starred in high school at Henry Clay and in college at Kentucky, spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Angels. The 29-year-old has a career .236 average with 12 homers and 57 RBI in 308 major league games.

A right-handed hitter, Cowgill appeared in 55 games with the Angels last season and played all three outfield positions. He missed 84 games with a sprained right wrist.

The Indians avoided arbitration with Cowgill by agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract for the upcoming season.

“Collin’s a guy we’ve liked for quite a while,” Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, said in a report on the team’s website. “He’s a right-handed-hitting outfielder that’s capable of playing all three outfield spots. He’s a very good defender in the corners and very capable in center field as well. And he’s had some success against left-handed pitching.

“It’s a guy that not only complements our team well on the field, but a guy that’s very well respected in the clubhouse.”

Cowgill has a .271 career average against left-handed pitchers.

“One of the things we like is versatility and the fact that he’s really capable of playing all three outfield spots and playing them pretty well. And with us being predominantly left-handed in the outfield, his right-handed bat complements the group of guys we currently have really well,” Antonetti said.

Cowgill was selected in the 2008 draft by Arizona. He has also played with Oakland and the New York Mets.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated left-hander Nick Hagadone for assignment. The team did not offer a 2016 contract to Hagadone, who appeared in 36 games last season. He had a 4.28 ERA in 27 1/3 innings.

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