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Phillies acquire left-handed reliever from White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 01: Luis Avilan #70 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA– Just because it’s mid-August doesn’t mean that trades can’t go down in Major League Baseball.

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies bolstered their bullpen by acquiring left-handed reliever Luis Avilan from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Felix Paulino.

Avilan, 29, is in the midst of his seventh Major League season, and has a 3.86 ERA over 58 games and 39.2 innings with Chicago.

He’s primarily a lefty specialist,¬†holding left-handed batters to a line of .146/.205/.146 this season.

Avilan is eligible for arbitration this off season, meaning he could be a member of the Phillies’ 2019 bullpen as well.