PHILS GET LHP JOSE ALVARADO IN 3-TEAM DEAL WITH RAYS, DODGERS!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies have left-hander José Alvarado from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade with the Dodgers, wo received right-hander Garrett Cleavinger from the Phils.

Alvarado, 25, has back-end bullpen experience, and the Phillies are counting on Alvarado on being healthy and bouncing back from injury issues the previous two seasons.

Alvarado posted a 2.39 ERA in 70 appearances in 2018, striking out 80 and walking 29 in 64 innings.

But then he skied to a 4.80 ERA in 35 appearances in ’19, missing a month because of a personal matter in Venezuela and making two trips to the injured list because of a strained right oblique and an injured left elbow. He made only nine appearances for the American League champions in ’20 because of a shoulder injury.

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