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Angels acquire hard-throwing reliever Luis Garcia in exchange for Jose Alvarez

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “He has the characteristics we gravitate to: strikeouts, ground balls and big stuff,” Eppler said. “That’s been a profile that we’ve looked for and one we think we’ve found.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Eppler added that Garcia has shown the makings of a split-finger fastball, to go with his fastball and slider, that could make him more effective.“He has the tools and the stuff to miss bats,” Eppler said. “He’s shown that in his history. He can miss bats. He provides us another power look out of the bullpen to complement Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Justin Anderson and Keynan Middleton (after he comes back from Tommy John surgery) sometime in the middle of 2019. You have a fairly high-octane bullpen that can miss a bunch of bats.”Garcia had a 2.65 ERA in 71-1/3 innings for the Phillies in 2017. In his two other full seasons, 2015-16, he had ERAs of 3.51 and 6.46.Last season, Garcia had a 3.83 ERA heading into September, but in the final month he had four games in which he allowed 14 runs, ballooning his ERA. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Garcia is arbitration-eligible for two more seasons, due to make around $1.7 million in 2019. Álvarez, 29, also has two more years left, and he’s also set to make around $1.7 million in 2019.Álvarez, however, has been much more consistent throughout his four full seasons with the Angels. His 2.71 ERA in 2018 marked his best season, following marks of 3.49, 3.45 and 3.88 in the previous three years. He had pitched between 48 and 63 innings each season.By losing Álvarez, the Angels now have no experienced left-hander on their bullpen depth chart. Their top left-handed reliever is Williams Jerez, who made his major league debut after the Angels acquired him in the Ian Kinsler trade last July.The Angels also agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Jarrett Parker. Parker, 29, has played parts of the last three seasons with the Giants, hitting .257 with 15 homers in 382 plate appearances. Parker joins veteran Peter Bourjos and Michael Hermosillo among the candidates for the fourth outfield spot.Related Articles The Angels shipped out one of their most reliable relievers in exchange for the potential upside of a hard-throwing veteran on Thursday night.Coming off his best season in the majors, José Álvarez was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Luis Garcia.Garcia, 31, posted a 6.07 ERA in 59 games with the Phillies last season, although that figure was inflated by four rough games in September. He did strike out 51 in 46 innings, with an average fastball of 98 mph.General Manager Billy Eppler said the Angels are betting on the upside of Garcia, based on his velocity and ability to keep the ball on the ground and in the ballpark. His ground ball and home run rates have both been significantly better than the major league average. He’s allowed 18 homers in 244-2/3 innings. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more