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Cardinals Trade for Pitcher Nicasio

Cardinals Trade for Pitcher Nicasio
Published On: Wed, Sep 06
Sep 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Juan Nicasio (58) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio (pronounced nih-KAH-see-oh) from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez.

Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies just last week (August 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 (65 games) and Philadelphia (2 games) in 2017. Nicasio, has fanned 61 batters in his 61.1 innings of work this season, walked only 18, and hes allowed just four home runs while holding the opposition to .218 batting mark, including a .200 average vs. left-handed batters. His 21 Holds rank T5th in the National League this season and his 1.09 WHIP is ranked 15th among all N.L. relievers.

Nicasio, who debuted with the Colorado Rockies in 2011, has appeared in 260 career games (82 starts) with the Rockies (2011-14), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015), Pittsburgh (2016-17) and Philadelphia (2017), putting together a career mark of 35-37 with a 4.60 ERA in 618.2 innings pitched.

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