2024 MLB Trade Deadline Phillies Tarde Targets

With The 2024 MLB Trade Deadline approaching. Here are some realistic targets for the Phillies. Now it will be up to Dave Dombroski to work his magic.

Tyler Anderson, LHP, Angels

Anderson has rebounded from a down year with the Angels in 2023, posting a 2.48 ERA in his first 15 starts of ’24. He’s signed for $13 million this season and next but given the need for rotation help around the league, the Angels figure to have suitors if they opt to move the southpaw. Anderson has been excellent of late, pitching to a 2.00 ERA in 45 innings over his past seven starts.

Miguel Andjuar, LF, Athletics

Andujar has hit well since making his season debut on May 24th. Batting .330 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 23 games. The 29-year-old is on his third team since 2022 but given his $1.7 million salary and an additional year of control, Andujar could be a low-cost acquisition for a club seeking a right-handed outfield bat.

Garrett Crochet, LHP, White Sox

The White Sox have several players they can move this summer, but Crochet is inarguably the one that will bring back the biggest return based on his production, age, and club control. The lefty turned 25 on Friday, is earning only $800,000 this season, and is in arbitration for two more years, keeping him under club control through the 2026 season. Crochet’s conversion from the bullpen to the rotation was bumpy at first (6.37 ERA in his first six starts), but he’s posted a 1.68 ERA over his past 10, striking out 84 batters in 59 innings. His 124 strikeouts lead the AL, while his 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings lead all MLB-qualified pitchers. Chicago’s asking price will be understandably high if it opts to move Crochet, but nothing gets a bidding war going like a young, controllable starter.

Elias Diaz, C, Rockies

Díaz might be the best catcher available this summer, combining a solid mix of offense (.303/.352/.439) and defense (91% framing, 89% CS above average). Díaz was hot at the plate in recent weeks, posting a .838 OPS in 28 games since May 3, but he landed on the injured list with a left calf strain earlier in June. He’s earning $6 million this season, his last before becoming a free agent, but his recovery from the injury will determine his trade status as July approaches.

Carlos Estevez, RHP, Angels

Virtually every contender out there will be looking for bullpen help in the coming weeks, one reason the Angels should consider jumping the market with Estévez, who is earning $6.75 million this season and headed for free agency in the fall. The closer has a 0.79 ERA and .327 OPS allowed in his past 11 outings, successfully converting all seven of his save opportunities. He’s pitched in setup roles in past seasons, making him a prime trade-rental candidate for clubs seeking either a closer or a late-inning bridge to their current ninth-inning man.

Erik Fedde, RHP, White Sox

Fedde’s return to the majors has been solid, as the right-hander has a 5-1 record and 3.09 ERA over 87 1/3 innings in his first 15 starts. Fedde inked a two-year, 15 million deal, so an acquiring club would be taking on the remainder of his $7.5 million salary in 2024, plus $7.5 million next year — a very reasonable price for a reliable starter.

Matt Moore, LHP, Angels

The Angels signed Moore to a one-year $9 million deal on Jan 27th. While the 35-year-old struggled during the first month and a half (7.02 ERA in 16 2/3 innings through May 20), he’s allowed just two earned runs over his past 11 innings (1.64 ERA) dating back to May 21. Moore is still effective against lefties (.191/.292/.357), and he could provide bullpen depth for a contender.

Cal Quantrill, RHP, Rockies

It’s not common for the Rockies to have a starting pitcher to deal around Deadline time, and although Quantrill has another year of control (he’s arbitration-eligible for a fourth and final time next winter), Colorado might look to seize on his strong first half in a pitching-needy market. Quantrill has a 2.25 ERA over his past nine starts, lowering his season ERA from 5.34 to 3.43 in the process. The 29-year-old is earning $6.55 million this season.

Kevin Pillar, OF, Angels

Taylor Ward’s name is often mentioned as a trade candidate, but with two years of arbitration eligibility remaining, it will take a lot to pry him away from the Angels. Pillar, on the other hand, is owed only the league minimum. He will be a free agent after the season, and while the 35-year-old’s best days are behind him, he’s had a resurgence since joining Los Angeles, posting a .959 OPS with six homers and 25 RBIs in 33 games.

Tanner Scott, LHP, Marlins

Scott is having an excellent season, though he’s not being given many save opportunities with the last-place Marlins. Scott ranks in the top 10 percent of MLB in average exit velocity, expected batting average, whiff rate, and ground ball rate, posting a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings. The southpaw is earning $5.7 million this season, his last before free agency, making him a prime rental candidate.

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