The Angels have finally got rid of 35-year old switch-hitting outfielder Gary Matthews trading him to the Mets along with $21.5 million bucks for 30-year old righty reliever Brian Stokes. Matthews played in 103 games for the Angels last season and he was 79 for 316 (.250 avg, .697 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 4 homers, 50 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played three seasons for the Angels appearing in 370 games in which he was 312 for 1,258 (.248 avg, .708 OPS) with 176 runs scored, 30 homers, 168 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. The Angels have been pissed off at Matthews for quite some time. They signed him coming off a career year which was partially made possible by his use of HGH. He appeared in the Mitchell Report and it appears that he quit taking PEDs resulting in a very poor performance at a very high rate of pay. Brian Stokes has a good arm but he hasn’t got great results to this point in his career. He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Mets last season and he was 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Stokes has now pitched in 157 games (5 starts) in his major league career and he is 6-11 with 1 save, a 5.02 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. If Stokes helps out in the pen I’m sure the Angels will be very happy….if not, owner Arte Moreno will still be happy because he won’t see Matthews around anymore.