December 10, 2023

Phillies, José Alvarado agree on 3-year extension, including club option


Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado throws during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Philadelphia. The Phillies reliever avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal for $3.45 million. He had filed for $3.7 million and the Phillies' $3.2 million. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

For the second straight day, the Phillies extend a reliever.

The team announced Friday morning that they have signed left-hander José Alvarado to a three-year extension including a club option for 2026.

Alvarado, 27, was supposed to become a free agent after this upcoming season, but the Phillies locked up their best reliever in 2022.

Last season Alvarado was on the hot season by the middle of the season to be DFA’d. He transformed himself into one of the best relievers in baseball. After getting sent down to Triple-A due to his struggles during the first two months of the season, Alvarado recorded a 1.66 ERA while striking out 64 batters over 38 innings in the regular season.

His command may or may not be sustainable, but the Phillies have faith in Alvarado for the next three years.

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