The Phillies have added another arm to their bullpen with a trade a week before the season is set to begin, adding former Padres pitcher James Norwood in exchange for INF Kervin Pichardo and cash considerations.

Per the Phillies Press Release:

Norwood, 28, spent the majority of the 2021 season with triple-A El Paso, where he struck out 71 batters in 44.2 innings and posted a 4.43 ERA over 43 relief appearances, including a 1.84 mark over his final 12. He averaged 14.31 strikeouts per nine innings and allowed only three home runs. Norwood also made five scoreless appearances for the Padres.

The Padres designated him for assignment on Saturday, and he owns a career 3.67 ERA and 24/17 K/BB ratio in 27 innings at the MLB level.

The 28-year-old has made 28 relief appearances in the majors between the Padres and Cubs since 2018 and might find a spot in the Phillies Opening Day bullpen.

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