For the second day in a row, the Phillies have made a move to acquire a relief pitcher. On Tuesday, they acquired McKinley Moore from the White Sox and followed that up by dealing minor league infielder Kervin Pichardo to San Diego for reliever James Norwood. Like Moore, Norwood has struggled at times with his command, but unlike Moore, he has logged time in the majors with 23 relief appearances with the Cubs and five more last season with the Padres, who designated him for assignment earlier this week.
Norwood has a respectable 3.67 ERA in 28 innings in the majors and has 24 strikeouts to his credit. Unfortunately, he also has walked 17 batters, giving him a 5.7 walks per nine and a 1.41 strikeouts to walks ratio. The 28-year old right-hander was drafted by the Cubs in the 14th round of the seventh round of the 2014 Draft by the Cubs. In the minors, Norwood has a respectable 18-12 overall record with a career ERA of 3.98 and has pitched in 296 minor league games, 15 of which came as a starter early in his minor league career.
Norwood is out of options, meaning that he will likely be on the opening day roster for the Phillies. The Phillies bullpen has had a rash of nagging injuries lately and was in need of some reinforcements. Jose Alvarado, Connor Brogdon and Sam Coonrod have all been derailed for one reason or another. Coonrod has a shoulder strain and will open the season on the IL and Brogdon has seen a drop in his velocity this spring and had his most recent scheduled outing Tuesday pushed back to Wednesday against Detroit. In the game against Detroit, the 27-year old was again hit hard and allowed two earned runs in one inning of work, pushing his spring ERA to 15.43.
Pichardo, 20, signed with the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent in 2019 and has hit .225 in 74 minor league games. Most of his playing time has come as a shortstop, although he has seen time at third base last season.
The Phillies also acquired an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.