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Phillies trade Luis García to Angels for José Álvarez

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The Phillies announced on Thursday night that right-handed pitcher Luis García has been traded to the Angels in exchange for lefty José Álvarez.

García, 31, has been a fixture in the Phillies’ bullpen for most of the last six seasons. He’s been very hot and cold, finishing with an ERA above 6.00 in three of those seasons while posting a sub-4.00 ERA in the other three. Overall, García owns a career 4.12 ERA with 223 strikeouts and 125 walks in 244 2/3 innings.

Álvarez, 29, has also been a fixture of the Angels’ bullpen over the last four seasons. He carries a career 3.69 ERA with 246 strikeouts and 88 walks in 275 1/3 innings. His 2018 season was his best as he finished with a 2.71 ERA.

García is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He made $1.2 million last season. Álvarez is also entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility after earning $1.05 million in 2018.

The Phillies made this swap due to an abundance of right-handed relievers and a lack of reliable lefties. For the Angels, García will likely slot into the middle innings.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.