An­gels get re­liever Luis Gar­cia for Jose Al­varez

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Reg­is­ter

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 has been suc­cess­ful in pick­ing hard-hardthrow­ing pitch­ers off the scrap heap be­fore, no­tably with Blake Parker, JC Ramírez and Hansel Robles.

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