The Philadelphia Phillies made their first offseason acquisitions of the 2020 MLB offseason.
Left-handed relief pitcher José Alvarado has been acquired by the Phillies on Tuesday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies sent right-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the three-team trade, which saw LA send infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named to Tampa Bay.
Alvarado, 25, is a hard-throwing pitcher, but will need to bounce back from injuries over the past two seasons to have a vital impact in Joe Girardi’s bullpen this season.
The young pitcher posted a 2.39 ERA in 70 appearances in 2018, striking out 80 batters and walking 29 in 64 innings pitched. He posted a 4.80 ERA in 35 appearances in 2019, but also missed one month because of a personal matter in Venezuela. Alvarado would also make two additional trips to the injured list because of a strained right oblique and an injured left elbow.
He made only nine appearances for the defending American League champions in 2020 because of a shoulder injury. Alvarado’s two-seam fastball has been around 96-98 mph over the past three seasons and he also possesses a cutter and curveball.
Girardi will hope that Alvarado can help fix a Phillies bullpen that posted the worst ERA in 2020 that MLB has seen in the past 90 years of action.