Phillies Reacquire Freddy Galvis

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Hello, old friend.  The Phillies continued making trades ahead of the 4:00 p.m. trade deadline even after acquiring three players from the Texas Rangers.   The Phillies landed old friend Freddy Galvis in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Jeff Passan of ESPN was the first to report the deal.

The Phillies are looking to add some insurance in the infield, with Didi Gregorius struggling defensively and Alec Bohm struggling both defensively and offensively.

Galvis is currently on the injured list.  Galvis was placed on the list on June 27, with a quadriceps strain.  Yesterday, MASN reported that Galvis was taking at bats in Sarasota in preparation to return.  No timeline was given.

Galvis was batting .249 with nine home runs at the time of the injury.

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the return on the trade was Class-A reliefer Tyler Burch:


Report: Phillies Close to Landing Rangers Starter, Closer

The Phillies had been trade-less in major league deals one hour before the 4:00 p.m. Eastern MLB Trade Deadline.  The Phillies were looking for starting help and relief help.  The Phillies are reportedly close to pulling off a deal that will land them both.

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports the Phillies are close to acquiring Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and closer Ian Kennedy.

Being "close" to a deal usually means the players are agreed upon and medical information will be reviewed.

One name that was reported as being possibly in such a deal is Phillies pitcher Spencer Howard:

Howard appears unlikely to help the Phillies on the short-term, but at 25 years old certainly still has some promise.

Gibson signed a three-year, $28 million contract with the Rangers prior to the 2020 season.  The contract was front-loaded, meaning the cash out the door will be $7 million in 2022.  The average annual value against the Competitive Balance Tax will be $9.333 million.

Gibson is 6-3 with a 2.87 earned run average for the Rangers in 2021.   The Rangers Opening Day starter allowed five earned runs while getting just one out in his first start, and has been stellar since.   Gibson has averaged just under six full innings per start this season.

Kennedy re-invented himself in 2021 as the Rangers closer.   Now 36 years old, Kennedy is 0-0 with a 2.51 earned run average with the Rangers.  He has 16 saves in 32 appearances.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE 3:34 p.m.: 

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that pitcher Hans Crouse is in the deal to the Phillies.  Crouse is the number 9 prospect in the Texas Rangers system, according to MLB Pipeline.  Crouse is currently at Double-A.

Salisbury also reports that prospect Kevin Gowdy is headed to the Rangers.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m.:

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the third piece headed to the Rangers is Josh Gessner, a player out of Australia currently with the Florida State League Phillies.

UPDADE 3:54 p.m.: 

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the deal is final.


Phillies Linked Again to Buxton as Deadline Approaches

There should be a lot of movement around Major League Baseball in the final hours ahead of the 4:00 p.m. MLB Trade Deadline.  The Phillies have not made a major league move yet, but rumors surrounding the Phillies continue to heat up.  The latest involves a huge upgrade in center field.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Phillies are a team in on Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton.

Several reports indicated the Twins might move him if they cannot agree to a contract extension.

Buxton is a defensive wiz who has also been stellar at the plate.  However, multiple injuries have gotten in the way of Buxton's 2021 season.  Should the Phillies get him, he would be under Phillies control in 2022.

How might the Phillies get a deal done?  One theory from Ben Ballier of Sports Talk Philly is that the Phillies could take on the contract of Josh Donaldson in order to make a deal.  Donaldson is on a four-year, $92 million deal that has two seasons remaining after 2021.  

The Phillies might then be able to include Alec Bohm in such a deal.

A lot of that is speculation, but Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will have to be creative to get some deals done, with a high payroll and with few prospects to trade.

The Phillies had previously been linked to Buxton.

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Report: Phillies Making a "Hard Push" for Rangers Starter

With less than three hours before the MLB Trade Deadline, the Phillies have yet to make a single major league move.  The club reportedly continues to chase pitching, both starting pitching and relief.  The Phillies were connected to a Texas Rangers starting pitcher.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the Phillies are in on Texas Rangers starter Kyle Gibson:

Gibson would remain under control through 2022 to an acquiring team.

Gibson signed a three-year, $28 million contract with the Rangers prior to the 2020 season.  The contract was front-loaded, meaning the cash out the door will be $7 million in 2022.  The average annual value against the Competitive Balance Tax will be $9.333 million.

Gibson is 6-3 with a 2.87 earned run average for the Rangers in 2021.   The Rangers Opening Day starter allowed five earned runs while getting just one out in his first start, and has been stellar since.   Gibson has averaged just under six full innings per start this season.

Take out that first start the number is just a tick under 6.6 innings a start.

So the Phillies would have immediate help for their starting rotation, if able to pull off the deal.


Phillies Swap Minor Leaguers with the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Phillies have made a trade.  No, it's not one of the big names.  In fact, it's not even a major league player.  But the Phillies have made a trade ahead of the July 30 4:00 p.m. MLB Trade Deadline.

According to Robert Murray

Ogle has yet to play in a Major League game.

So why did the Phillies make such a trade?

Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Gazette is reporting that this could be linked to the failed trade for Tyler Anderson.  One of the players who was supposed to go back to the Phillies in that trade was catcher Abrahan Gutierrez.  It appears that after that deal, which also reportedly included pitcher Cristian Hernandez, the Pirates still were interested in Gutierrez.

Ogle was 2-2 with a 3.14 earned run average in 24 games (all in relief) for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2021.  He is not a member of the 40-man roster and the Phillies will not need to add him to theirs.  That would seemingly be a barrier to a 2021 call-up for the Phillies, who aside from COVID-related injured list stints have no wiggle room on their 40-man roster.

The MLB Trade Deadline is set for 4:00 p.m. today.