Angels acquire hard-throwing reliever Felix Pena from Cubs

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Felix Pena, right, gets a new ball as St. Louis Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-handed reliever Felix Pena from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

The Angels announced the deal Monday for Pena, who was designated for assignment by Chicago last week.

Los Angeles also designated left-hander Jason Gurka for assignment.

Pena had a 4.98 ERA in 36 appearances with the Cubs over the past two seasons. The Dominican prospect showed talent and a 98-mph fastball, but gave up eight homers this season.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler has demonstrated a knack for discovering capable pitchers on other teams’ scrap heaps. He added relievers Blake Parker, Yusmeiro Petit, David Hernandez and Bud Norris and starter Parker Bridwell at minimal expense in the last year alone.

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