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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.

Report: Mets sign Wilson Ramos to two-year, $19 million deal

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The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.

Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.

The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.