Phillies acquire lefthanded reliever

The Phillies have acquired lefthander reliever Jack Taschner from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for catcher Ronny Paulino, multiple sources have confirmed to the Daily News.

Taschner, 30, was 3-2 with a 4.88 earned run average in 67 appearances for the Giants last season. He pitched 48 innings, allowing 57 hits with 39 strikeouts and 24 walks. For his career, he is 8-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 178 games.

He provides the Phillies with another lefthanded arm in the bullpen, something the Phillies will need especially early in the season while J.C. Romero serves his 50-game suspension.

Paulino was acquired during the winter meetings from Pittsburgh for Jason Jaramillo in an exchange of catching prospects. He was hitting .194 in spring training with a home run and two RBI. He has struck out 12 times in 31 at-bats.

The deal also solidifies Chris Coste as the backup catcher behind Carlos Ruiz. When the deal for Paulino was initially made, speculation was that Coste might be on his way out. Paulino's performance this spring helped insure that was not the case.

Look for more in tomorrow's Daily News.