Phillies Sign High-Leverage Reliever; Avoid Arbitration

They avoided arbitration.

Jose Alvarado and the Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract on Friday.

The financial terms of the deal have not yet been announced, but Alvarado previously filed at $3.7 million and was offered $3.2 million by the Phillies when the two sides exchanged figures. They likely met in the middle somewhere.

The twenty-seven-year-old got off to a terrible start last season, which even led to him being optioned to the minors. 

However, Alvarado returned with a vengeance, finishing his season with a dominant 1.66 ERA and 64 strikeouts over his last 38 innings and 42 relief appearances. 

Over his two years with the Phillies, the left-handed reliever holds a 3.71 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 149 strikeouts over 106.2 innings of work.
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