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Teams have been trimming down their spring rosters for much of the past week, as games are well underway across both Florida and Arizona and the regular season is rapidly approaching. The Los Angeles Angels made a pair of moves on Saturday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, when they outrighted both John Hester and Robert Carson to Triple-A. Making such a move now frees up two spots on the team’s 40-man roster.
Hester, 30, spent the bulk of the 2013 season at Triple-A where he’d only get into 74 games. A catcher, Hester struggled at the plate there, batting just .237/.307/.391 in 284 PA. He’d appear in just one game for the Angels during the year, walking in his lone plate appearance.
He’s appeared in just 93 games in the big leagues over his career, batting .216/.294/.351 over 232 PA.
Carson, meanwhile, spent the 2013 season with the New York Mets. Los Angeles claimed the now 25 year old off of waivers in October and the left-hander figured to compete for a spot in the Angels’ bullpen this spring. He’d thrown just one inning before the team made this move.
Making 31 appearances for the Mets over the past two seasons, Carson’s pitched to a 6.82 ERA and 1.364 WHIP over 33.0 IP for his MLB career. A converted starter, Carson saw some better success with Triple-A this past season. He’d make 46 appearances, totaling 44.1 IP, in which he’d pitch to a 4.06 ERA but a 1.511 WHIP.
Outrighting both players now creates space on the team’s 40-man roster, which they may be anticipating a need for in the coming weeks. Hester had already been unlikely to land a spot on the active roster with Hank Conger penciled in as Chris Iannetta’s backup and Yorvit Torrealba in the mix. Carson, at just 25, could still still hold some potential.