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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Philadelphia Phillies get Jose Alvarado in 3-team trade with Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

In the deal, Tampa Bay sent Alvarado to Philadelphia, the Phillies sent left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Los Angeles and the Dodgers sent infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later to Tampa Bay.

Alvarado, 25, has a career ERA of 3.46 in 149 appearances over four seasons with the Rays. He pitched in nine games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and had a 6.00 ERA. His best season was in 2018, when he appeared in a career-high 70 games and had a 2.39 ERA. He is 2-15 in his career with 15 saves.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 30, 2020 at 05:04 PM (#5996697)
Nothing to say here other than this may be the least interestingn 3-way trade in history.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 30, 2020 at 05:15 PM (#5996700)
As a Phillies fan, this trade seems lopsided. Alvarado is vaguely interesting and is an upgrade over dozens of the pitchers that the Phils have thrown out there in the last few years. There's nothing remotely interesting about Cleavinger. Irrationally, the fact that the Phils are entangled with the Dodgers and Rays in this trade makes me worry that the Phils just got fleeced.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 30, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5996705)
Probably has more to do with the fact that Alvarado became arb-eligible, and the Rays don't see any need to pay a million or more for a fungible relief arm.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 30, 2020 at 09:42 PM (#5996815)
The Rays have the ability to consistently find cheap, effective relief pitchers. Often, teams that have that ability then use it to flip such pitchers to teams who have trouble doing so, get a disproportionate amount of talent for it, and build their roster.

The Rays use that talent to keep trading those relief pitchers right at the point where they'd start to make money, knowing they can likely replace that pitcher with another one just like him next year. They don't have any money, so they use this special skill to just keep staying cheap.
   5. Dr.-Elect JE Posted: December 31, 2020 at 04:18 AM (#5996856)
Irrationally, the fact that the Phils are entangled with the Dodgers and Rays in this trade makes me worry that the Phils just got fleeced.
With Dombrowski now at the helm, I might be a bit more concerned about the next 7-10 year mega-contract.
   6. sotapop Posted: December 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5996871)
Unimportant but obligatory comment from one of BTF's few Rays fans: Just what the Rays need, another damn middle infielder. Hope the PTBNL is, maybe, an OF with power? A lottery ticket? Anything but an infielder?
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 02, 2021 at 03:28 PM (#5997141)
Just what the Rays need, another damn middle infielder.

Actually, he's a 1B, not a MI.

I think the main draw here is that he's a non-roster player, and the Rays needed to open a roster spot after the Snell trade.

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