Phillies Acquire Left-handed Pitcher Aaron Loup From Blue Jays

Shortly after they added All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies reached a deal with the Blue Jays to acquire left-handed reliever Aaron Loup.

The Phillies are trading Jacob Waguespack, a 6-foot-6, 24-year-old right-hander with a 4.68 ERA in a season split between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Loup is 30 years old and a free agent after the season. He has a 4.05 ERA the last two seasons and lefties have actually hit him pretty well - .276 batting average, on-base percentage over .340.

His ERA this season is 4.54, largely because he's been crushed by righties (.325/.386/.558). Gabe Kapler won't be using him much in that role.

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The Phillies made this move, though, because it obviously doesn't hurt to have another experienced left-handed reliever down the stretch.

Trevor Plouffe designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Loup. 

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