The Philadelphia Phillies quietly added a solid relief arm on Wednesday morning. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed that the Phillies acquired Wilton Lopez in a trade with the Houston Astros. Lopez is arbitration eligible through the 2015 season, which gives the Phillies control over a potential 8th inning guy for three seasons. In 66.1 innings last season, the 29-year old posted some decent numbers with a 2.17 ERA, 2.70 FIP and 2.80 xFIP while striking out 20.8% of batters faced.
The Astros will reportedly receive a package of minor leaguers in the deal.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who are believed to be in heavy on Russell Martin, also addressed a pressing team need by acquiring two arms via trade on Wednesday. The Pirates added Zach Stewart for a player to be named later in a deal with the Boston Red Sox. They also added right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals receive a pair of minor league pitchers, Luis Rico and Luis Santos in the exchange.
Stewart appeared in 20 games, starting three, with the Chicago White Sox and Red Sox last season. He gave up 14 home runs in 35.2 innings and finished with a 8.58 ERA, but walked just four batters. Mazzaro started six games for the Royals in 2012, appearing in 12 others, to underwhelming results. Mazzaro struck out nearly a batter per inning while splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation with the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha.