The Philadelphia Phillies trade deadline was active up until 6 PM today. The Phillies currently hold the NL’s final wild-card spot and are trying to hold it to make the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. They made three trades today to hold on tight. Dombroski was wheeling and dealing this afternoon. The Phillies (55-47) currently hold the NL’s final wild-card spot with a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Starting Pitching Help on the Way
The Angels received minor league outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez from the Phillies in exchange for Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard, 29, is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts for the Angels this season. Noah signed a one-year contract as a free agent in the offseason. With Syndergaard on board, the lineup will include Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Gibson, and Ranger Suarez. Zach Eflin is on the 60-day injured list.
Moniak was the Phillies #1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and fans had high hopes coming into the season for him. Mickey hit .130 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 18 games in the majors this season. When he went back down to the minors, he hit .310 with six home runs and 16 RBIs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Jadiel Sanchez, 21, is hitting .239 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in two stops in the Phillies’ minor league system this season.
2nd Chances Bolster the Pen
The Chicago Cubs received minor league pitcher Ben Brown for David Robertson. David Robertson making his second run through South Philly. Robertson, 37, is in the midst of a resurgent year. He has given up just 23 hits in 40⅓ innings while accumulating 14 saves and a 2.23 ERA for the well-below-.500 Cubs. He has closing and setup experience giving the Phillies optionality. Robertson previously pitched for the Phillies in 2019, when he had a 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA in 6⅔ innings pitched before injuring his elbow.
interim manager Rob Thomson said he plans to stick with Seranthony Domínguez and lefty Brad Hand for the majority of save opportunities. Ben Brown, 22, is 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) for High-A Jersey Shore.
Do the Phillies Have Their Centerfielder for the Future
The Angels received minor league catcher Logan O’Hoppe in exchange for Brandon Marsh. Marsh will likely take over in center field for the Phillies, which has been a position of need for the organization. Brandon Marsh, 24, is hitting .226 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs this season.
Marsh may not provide an immediate upgrade with the bat but should at least have a floor of improved defense. O’Hoppe, 22, is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs at Double-A Reading this season.
Adding By Subtracting
Some other great Phillies moves this afternoon. The Phillies announced that struggling reliever Jeurys Familia and outfielder Odubel Herrera were designated for assignment. Made this writer very happy. I could not continue to watch those two in Phillies uniforms. Familia, signed by the Phillies in the offseason, has a 6.09 ERA in 34 innings pitched this season. Herrera is hitting .238 with five home runs and 21 RBIs this season. The Philadelphia Phillies trade deadline move definitely upgraded this team. How do you feel about the moves?
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