Left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez, who tied for fifth in the major leagues with 76 appearances last season, was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Los Angeles Angels in a Thursday trade.
The Angels received right-handed reliever Luis Garcia in exchange.
Alvarez, 29, went 6-4 with one save and a 2.71 ERA last season. He struck out 59 and walked 22 in 63 innings.
For his career, which includes one season with the Detroit Tigers (2013) and the past five years with the Angels, Alvarez is 12-18 with two saves and a 3.69 ERA in 284 games (six starts).
Garcia, 31, struggled to a 6.07 ERA last year, going 3-1 with one save in 59 appearances. On a positive note, he stranded 80.6 percent of the runners he inherited (29 of 36), which ranked fifth among regular National League relievers.
He has played six seasons in the majors, all for Philadelphia. In 251 games, all in relief, Garcia owns a 12-14 record with five saves and a 4.12 ERA.
--Field Level Media
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