Phillies Phans and the City of Philadelphia alike are suffering through the backlash of a failing or failed process on all sports fronts. The Phillies are currently 35-39, 4th in the NL East, and 6.0 GB the Mets. It is a deplorable place to be at this point in the season after so much money and talent reside at the home clubhouse in South Philadelphia.
So, it is time to discuss moves the Phillies can make to enhance or climb out of the cellar in the NL East.
The Phillies pitching, especially the bullpen, cannot prevent late-inning runs from happening. This is evident from the multiple games the Phillies have led in and then lose in the last 2-3 innings. The Phillies have lost 11 games when they had the lead in the 9th inning.
Given Dave Dombrowski’s M.O. when it comes to trades and signings he will not hesitate to give up multiple players in the farm system to create the team he needs. The win-now mode might be the solution to Philadelphia’s sports toils.
Pitching Trades and Suggestions:
Trade: PHI receives P Richard Rodriguez; PIT receives P Archie Bradley and P James McArthur
This trade can happen. Rodriguez is on a cellar-dwelling Pirates team that needs players and McArthur is someone the Pirates will find valuable and the Phillies give them an MLB-ready reliever in Bradley. Bradley was supposed to be the solution to many bullpen problems the Phillies had in 2020 and that continue this year, but getting rid of his contract will help in any free agent signings.
Rodriguez would be a valuable asset to the Phillies bullpen and he has the caliber pitching the team needs.
Trade: PHI receives P Daniel Bard; COL receives P Hector Neris and P Kyle Dohy some cash considerations
Getting Bard would significantly help the Phillies late-game relief. Bard has a great WHIP and a sub-4.00 ERA. This is not saying much, but if Phillies Phans will rejoice in such statistics after this team’s performance in recent years. Bard is rotting away in Denver and needs a change of scenery and Hector Neris might need that too. Neris cannot pitch under pressure and it is evident by his ballooning ERA and raking up the blown saves. He would make a decent bullpen arm for Colorado during their rebuild.
Signing: sign/purchase CP Roberto Osuna’s contract from Diablos Rojos del México
This is a no-brainer! The Phillies need a premier closer and Roberto Osuna is that guy! Osuna is one of the best relievers in the game of baseball and the Astros let him go because of the inflammation. Osuna does have a checkered past for sure but so does Odubel Herrera and the Phillies are reaping the benefits from a rehabilitated athlete.
Stats: Currently, Osuna has pitched 11.1 shut-out innings for the Mexican league, 0.00 ERA, and 6/6 in save opportunities.
The Phillies should take a chance on him because he is only going to help the bullpen out. If the Phillies can trade away Neris or Bradley they will be able to use that money for signing Osuna and not go over the luxury tax.
Trade: PHI receives Zac Gallen; ARZ receives P Spencer Howard, P Christopher Sanchez, P Romon Rosso, and C Andrew Knapp
Gallen is a local guy hailing from Somerdale, NJ, and bringing a great starting pitcher in could help solidify this entire pitching staff. The failed experiment of Chase Anderson, Matt Moore, and Vince Velasquez is not the solution. Consistent starts and confidence is needed to win a World Series.
Spencer Howard is not the future. It has to be said, but he is either going to be a bullpen arm at best or turn into an even more inconsistent Vince Velasquez who can’t get out of the 3rd or 4th inning. The D-backs can develop Howard’s talents better because this Phillies team is win-now and needs players to help it not hurt it.
Arizona would be getting three pitching prospects that have Tiple-A or higher pitching experience which would make this a valuable trade for a very ambiguous Diamondbacks future. Their catching situation is not that great and maybe giving Knapp consistent starts in Arizona will benefit him because he should not be backing up Realmuto. Marchan is clearly the better hitter and fielder than Knapp, so make it happen Philadelphia! It is possible that Anderson, Moore, or Velasquez might need to go to Arizona in this trade as well which the Phillies should not hesitate to add.
The Phillies need to make one or more of these decisions or along these lines or they are as good as 4th place if not last. Dombrowski and the front office need to do some major research to make some if not all these moves happen. Hopefully, the Phillies will be active in trying to win instead of the classic passivity that the fan base has known them to be.
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