After their win Saturday against the Braves, the Phillies are back to .500 on the season with a record of 14-14. Their offense has been great, as Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto are each off to blazing hot starts. However, their bullpen has struggled mightily, holding this team back from being a real contender. With the trade deadline on Monday, here are three relievers the Phillies should try to acquire.
Mychal Givens, Baltimore Orioles
2020: 12 appearances, 13.0 IP, 1.38 ERA, 19 strikeouts
After a down year in 2019, Mychal Givens has turned it around, posting an ERA of 1.38 through 12 appearances this season. While the Orioles have a shot at making the playoffs, they are likely to be sellers at the deadline. Givens is far from an elite reliever, but he’d be an excellent addition to a struggling bullpen. With Brandon Workman as the Phillies’ closer, Givens would be a reliable eighth-inning pitcher.
Hansel Robles, Los Angeles
2020: 12 appearances, 11.0 IP, 10.64 ERA, 14 Strikeouts
The Angels have been a major disappointment this season. So has Hansel Robles. However, Robles has been reliable throughout his career and broke out in 2019 when he posted an ERA of 2.48. After struggling to start this season, his price tag should be at an all-time low, making him an intriguing option for the Phillies.
Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
2020: 16 appearances, 16.0 IP, 3.38 ERA, 13 Strikeouts
Once an all-star closer for the Royals, Greg Holland has floated around the league with several different teams since 2015. Since returning to Kansas City, Holland has gotten off to a solid start this season as a setup man. The Royals traded their closer, Trevor Rosenthal, to the Padres, but Holland would still be a reliable option for the Phillies.
The Phillies have already acquired three relievers in the past two weeks, but could always use more help. It will be interesting to see if GM Matt Klentak decides to pull the trigger on a deal by Monday.
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