The Phillies have reportedly acquired outfielder Kyle Garlick from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor-league LHP Tyler Gilbert.
For just the third time this offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Matt Klentak have made a trade.
On Sunday, the team acquired outfielder Kyle Garlick from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor-league southpaw Tyler Gilbert, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated outfielder Nick Martini for assignment.
Earlier this week, the Dodgers had designated Garlick, 28, for assignment as a corresponding move to their multi-player acquisitions that included stars Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox.
Garlick slashed .250/.321/.521 with four doubles, three home runs and six RBI across 30 games and 53 plate appearances as a rookie with the Dodgers this past season. In the field, he played both corner outfield positions and committed no errors across 81 2/3 innings and 20 chances.
Gilbert, 26, had been in Phillies camp as a non-roster invitee. Last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the Santa Cruz, California, native went 2-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.112 WHIP and 46-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 36 appearances and 47 2/3 innings.
The Phillies had claimed Martini, 29, off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds last month; hence, he had been on the major-league roster prior to being designated for the now-second time this year. Martini slashed just .226/.330/.323 with one home run spanning 109 plate appearances last season.
Klentak’s only two other trades this offseason came on November 20 with the Tampa Bay Rays and December 12 with the Oakland Athletics, both of which they dealt a second baseman. From the Rays, the acquired LHP Cristopher Sanchez for 2B Curtis Mead. And, from the A’s, the acquired cash considerations for 2B Vimael Machin.