The Phillies acquired their second lefthanded reliever in four days as they parted on Thursday night with longtime reliever Luis Garcia in a trade with the Angels.
The Phillies received Jose Alvarez, a 29-year-old reliever who pitched in 76 games last season and logged a 2.71 ERA in 63 innings. The Phillies tendered Garcia a contract last week after he posted a 6.07 ERA last season in 46 games as he shuffled between triple A and the majors. Garcia turns 32 in January and spent parts of the last six seasons with the Phillies. He was the team’s second-longest tenured player behind Cesar Hernandez.
Both Garcia and Alvarez are out of minor-league options and it was hard to imagine the often-erratic Garcia sticking in the majors for a full season. So the Phillies will take their chances on Alvarez, who held lefthanded batters to a .207 average last season and averaged 8.4 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine innings.