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.