The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired lefty Luis Avilan from the White Sox in exchange for righty Felix Paulino.
Avilan, a seven year veteran who played for the Dodgers and Braves before this season, has a 3.86 ERA with a 46/14 K/BB ratio in 58 games primarily as the White Sox’ lefty specialist. And he’s a good specialist at that, holding left-handed batters to a line of .146/.205/.146. He’ll no doubt serve in that role for the Phillies as well.
Paulino, 23, has plied his trade for high-A Clearwater this year.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.