Phillies acquire Jose Alvarez from Angels

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Phillies acquire Jose Alvarez from Angels. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News Mornings on December 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez from the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Luis Garcia.

Alvarez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 76 appearances in 2018, striking out 59 in 63 innings. He allowed only three home runs to the 261 batters he faced while holding left-handed hitters to a .206 batting average and righties to a .232 mark.

The 29-year-old Alvarez is 12-18 with a 3.69 ERA over six seasons with the Tigers and Angels.

He was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 2005.

García, originally signed by the Phillies in 2013 as a minor league free agent, appeared in 251 games for the Phillies over six seasons (2013-18) and posted a 4.12 ERA.

He was the 2014 recipient of the Paul Owens Award, given annually to the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system.

Garcia made $1.2 million this year and Alvarez $1.05 million. Each is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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