The Philadelphia Phillies made a big upgrade for their pitching staff during this trade deadline. The Phillies have struck a deal with the Texas Rangers to send Spencer Howard and two prospects for Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy. The deal was struck before the end of the July 30th MLB trade deadline. The Phillies knew that they had to upgrade at pitching to compete for the top spot in the National League East. This was quite the upgrade for Philadelphia.
On the season, the thirty-three year old, Gibson has posted a 6-3 record with a 2.87 ERA. In addition, he has 94 strikeouts thus far on the season, while only allowing 9 home runs, and making his first All-Star appearance this season. Gibson will slide in as the third starter in Philadelphia which is something they have been looking for, for a while now. The rotation is now looking solid with the addition of Kyle Gibson.
In addition, Ian Kennedy is having himself a nice season as of now. Up to this point in the season, Kennedy has posted, a 2.51 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and 16 saves on the season. Kennedy will have a nice fit in the Phillies bullpen as they were in desperate need of a good relief pitcher. With a bullpen that struggles as much as the Phillies do, getting someone like Kennedy can benefit your team a lot.
As for the Rangers, with all the prospects that they have acquired during this deadline, it is time for them to enter a full rebuild mode. Someone like Spencer Howard could be good for a team like Texas that is looking for young talent going into their rotation. At the end of the day, this is a deal that benefits both teams.
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