The trade deadline is in two months and soon enough the MLB trade rumors will start circulating. For Philadelphia, the list of potential Phillies trade targets will start to be put together as they look to improve their team and be a competitor in the National League East.
This deadline is very important because the Phillies actually look like they can compete for a division title this year, so acquiring the right pieces for this team to compete is crucial. The Phillies seem like they are a few pieces away from competing in the division. With division rivals like the Braves and Mets looking to compete this season and win the division, these Phillies trade targets have to make an impact on the team.
Phillies Trade Targets: Joey Gallo
First is Texas Rangers outfielder, Joey Gallo. He has the ability to play every position in the outfield, bring an elite power bat, and bring great defensive prowess to the Phillies outfield. This season, Gallo has hit for a .209 batting average, an on-base percentage of .365, slugging percentage of .361. In addition, he has hit seven home runs on the season, 21 RBI’s, and has two stolen bases.
The downside to having someone like Gallo in your lineup is that he strikes out a lot. He seems to be someone that (mostly) only hits for power, but the immensity of that power could really bolster a Phillies lineup that could utilize an extra heavy hitter.
The Phillies outfield, however, is in question for this season and next. Currently, Odubel Herrera has been the starting centerfielder for the Phillies. He is currently having a decent season. However, he is quite inconsistent when it comes to the plate where, like Gallo, he strikes out a lot. Even someone like Andrew McCutchen, whose future after this season is in question. The outfield will be depleted if McCutchen doesn’t return. So trading for someone like Gallo could be a big hit or miss for Philadelphia.
The Phillies have to bolster the starting rotation if they want to compete in the NL East and the National League this season. Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler, and Zach Eflin have pitched well so far this season. However, the back end of the rotation with Chase Anderson and Matt Moore hasn’t helped much at all. For them to compete you have to go get another starting pitcher if you want to win games. That’s why one of the Phillies trade targets should be Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies.
For a Colorado team that has struggled this season, it isn’t much of a surprise to see them be sellers at the deadline. Gray, could be a great fit in Philadelphia. The Phillies need starters and it wouldn’t take much to get him. This season, Gray has gone 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA. In addition, he posted 48 strikeouts in 57.2 innings pitched. The Phillies rotation could get even better with a guy like Gray. If they don’t target Gray, the Phillies could also target someone like, Tyler Anderson to add a left-handed pitcher.
It’s no secret that the Phillies still have some work to do on the bullpen. Players such as Jose Alvarado, Sam Coonrod, and Hector Neris have been solid for the Phillies bullpen. However, the rest of the bullpen has been struggling for this season. Although the bullpen is an improvement over last season, it can still get better, which is why the Phillies should target, relief pitcher Cesar Valdez, from the Baltimore Orioles.
Valdez has been a bright spot on an Orioles team that has struggled this season. He would become one of the Phillies’ trade targets due to his low ERA, which would be a 2.50, his 21 strikeouts in 18 innings, and his 4 walks on this year, which should absolutely put him on the Phillies radar. With great relief pitching like this, he should be one of the Phillies’ trade targets. Valdez can make the Phillies bullpen a lot better and help them contend in contests with a low run margin and hold leads where they are up big.
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