When the Phillies didn’t non-tender Luis Garcia on November 30th, it seemed awfully curious. Just under a week later, they have dealt the erstwhile right-hander to the Los Angeles Angels for lefty-handed reliever Jose Alvarez. The two have had similar paths with their previous teams and both are eligible for arbitration for the second time.
The 29-year old Alvarez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA last season with the Angels and recorded one save. In 76 games he pitched 63 innings and struck out 59 batters, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Left-handed hitters batted just .206 against Alvarez last season with a .265 on-base percentage. Right-handed hitters batted only .232 against Alvarez. Over all or parts of six major league seasons, Alvarez is 12-18, 3.69 in 284 games, six of which have been starts, all coming with Detroit in 2013.
Alvarez made just over $1-million last season through arbitration.
Garcia had been out of baseball and working as a barber when the Phillies signed him to a minor league contract in March of 2013. The 31-year old – he turns 32 on January 30th – made his MLB debut with the Phillies on July 10, 2013 and he pitched in 251 games with the Phillies, all out of the bullpen. Garcia has had an up-and-down career with the Phillies, posting a 3.51 ERA in 72 games in 2015 only to balloon to a 6.46 ERA in just 17 games the following season. He then bounced back to a 2.65 ERA in 66 games with the 2017 Phillies, but went 3-1, 6.07 in 59 games last season.
Garcia made $1.2-million last season with the Phillies.
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