Phillies acquire No. 1 international signing slot for 2015-2016 from the Diamondbacks

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Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, shares the announcement …

It looks, at first glance, like another smart rebuilding move for the determined-to-rebuild Phils.

Oliver, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, has a 4.98 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 37/55 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Low-A. Taylor, a 22-year-old who went undrafted, has a 4.06 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 83/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings between the very same levels.

These aren’t very enticing young pitchers, and now the Phillies have more flexibility on next year’s international market. This comes after the D’Backs included a top prospect in a salary dump. They’ve made some questionable moves so far under new GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.