Braves hire former Phils pitching coach Rick Kranitz
The Atlanta Braves have hired pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who served in the same role for NL East rival Philadelphia last season.
Kranitz, 60, replaces Chuck Hernandez, who was not retained following Atlanta’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kranitz joined the Phillies as bullpen coach in 2015. He was promoted to assistant pitching coach for 2017 and took over the direction of the staff one year later.
Braves manager Brian Snitker says Kranitz “has had a lot of success developing young talent.”
Kranitz was Milwaukee’s pitching coach from 2011-15. He previously served as pitching coach for Florida (2006-07) and Baltimore (2008-10).
Phillies trade: The Phillies have added a much-needed left-handed reliever to their pitching staff, acquiring Jose Alvarez from the Angels for right-handed reliever Luis Garcia, the team announced Thursday night.
Alvarez had a 2.71 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 63 innings for the Angels in 2018. His ERA was fourth lowest among left-handed relievers in the American League.
Alvarez, 29, appeared in 76 games in 2018. He has a career ERA of 3.69 in 284 appearances.
Garcia, 31, pitched in 251 games for the Phillies in six seasons. He was 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 46 innings in 2018.
Philadelphia was short on lefty pitchers last season and at times had an allright-handed staff.
On May 10, the Phillies sent left-hander Zac Curtis to the IronPigs and brought up righty Jake Thompson, giving the team 13 righthanders on their staff.
Rick Kranitz replaces Chuck Hernandez, who was not retained following Atlanta’s playoff loss to the Dodgers.