The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez.
Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies on Aug. 31 on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 6-4, 250-pound Dominican native has combined to go 3-5 with a 2.79 ERA in a National League-leading 67 games between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in 2017. Nicasio, has struck out 61 batters in 61.1 innings of work this season, and walked 18.
He’s allowed just four home runs while holding the opposition to .218 batting mark, including a .200 average vs. left-handed batters. His 1.09 WHIP is ranked 15 among all National League relievers.
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Nicasio, who debuted with the Colorado Rockies in 2011, has has made appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, putting together a career mark of 35-37 with a 4.60 ERA in 618.2 innings pitched.
A free agent at season’s end, Nicasio may be with the Cardinals in San Diego for the conclusion of their road trip that includes games both tonight and tomorrow night. He would not be eligible for postseason play should the Cardinals qualify.
Alvarez, 22, was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted international free agent July 2, 2011 out of Santiago, Dominican Republic. The 5-11, 190-pound middle infielder batted a combined .248 in 61 games between Springfield (AA) and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) in 2017.
Nicasio has been assigned uniform No. 12.