It’s Chicago White Sox lefty Luis Avilan:
The #Phillies acquire LHP Luis Avilán from White Sox for minor league RHP Felix Paulino. To make room on 40-man roster, RHP Jose Taveras designated for assignment.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 22, 2018
They needed another left reliever. That much I know.
I asked BWanks for his take:
“It makes sense. Each of the last two games Adam Morgan couldn’t get a big out against a LHH to keep the game within reach. Lefties are hitting .247 against Morgan this year, and he has allowed 11 of 34 inherited runners to score. Avilan, meanwhile, has a 10.4 K/9 mark and a 3.86 ERA, but his FIP is 2.70. He’s been a bit unlucky. Lefties are only hitting .214 off him this season. With guys like Freeman and Markakis in Atlanta and Soto and Harper on the Nats, they need a reliable dude that can get out left-handed hitters in big spots.”
Here are Avilan’s career numbers: