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Phillies Add Suarez, Bruce as Grullon is Designated, Kingery Hits IL

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The Phillies helped shore up their bullpen on Monday afternoon, adding reliever David Phelps in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.  But that is not the only relief the Phillies will get on Monday.  The Phillies will see the return of pitcher Ranger Suarez and outfielder and designated hitter Jay Bruce.

The Phillies also announced that infielder and outfielder Scott Kingery was placed on the 10-day injured list.  The official diagnosis was back spams.  Kingery had mentioned back issues in the past.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Suarez and for Phelps, the Phillies designated for assignment the contract of reliever Reggie McClain and catcher Deivy Grullon.

McClain pitched last night in the Phillies' 12-10 loss against the Braves.  Grullon had been in the 60-player pool and was likely third on the Phillies depth chart at catcher. Because Suarez was likely (though it is not usually confirmed as such) on the COVID list, he did not count towards the 40-man roster, necessitating a move.

Grullon looked promising but did not fare well behind the plate during Spring Training. Grullon hit 21 home runs last season, tying Alec Bohm for the organizational lead in the minor leagues.  While the move was surprising, the Phillies might see there as being plenty depth at the position.

Many are pointing to Phillies prospect Rafael Marchan as the next one behind the plate to help from the system.  Marchan will be Rule 5-eligible this offseason and most certainly will have to be protected anyway.  Marchan would have played at Double-A Reading this season.

The Phillies could work a trade for Grullon before exposing him to waivers.


Phillies Add Veteran Reliever Phelps in Trade With Brewers

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The Phillies continued their overhaul of their bullpen ahead of Monday's 4:00 p.m. trade deadline.  Once again the Phillies reunited a former Yankees reliever with manager Joe Girardi.  That would be former Yankee David Phelps, who, according to Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb of the Athletic, has been traded to the Phillies.

According to Gelb, the players being sent to the Brewers will be named later:

Players must be on the 60-player pool to be traded.

That last point is a very important point to the trade: the Phillies can bring Phelps back next season.  While Brandon Workman is headed to free agency, the Phillies have the option of Phelps returning in 2021.  $4.5 million is a low price for a reliever. Phelps is having one of his best years so far, though it is a small sample size.  Through 12 games, Phelps has a WHIP of 0.69 and is striking out 10 batters for every walk.  Phelps overall is 2-3 with a 2.77 earned run average.

The Phillies bullpen now includes the following:

  • Brandon Workman (R, CL)
  • David Hale (R)
  • Heath Hembree (R)
  • Tommy Hunter (R)
  • Reggie McClain (R)
  • Adam Morgan (L)
  • Hector Neris (R)
  • David Phelps (R)
  • Blake Parker (R)
  • Vince Velasquez (R)

Ranger Suarez could be on the way soon to help out from the left side.

Girardi Is certainly a fan of Phelps as Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inqurier notes:

So that can help the Phillies for now while they are down a lefty.

The trade deadline is coming short, so stay tuned in case more breaks.


Will the Phillies Make a Trade Before the Trade Deadline Today?

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Sunday Night Baseball did not go off as planned for the Phillies.  With the nation watching on ESPN, starter Jake Arrieta pitched what could have been the worst start of career.  Length-wise it was.   Before the Phillies knew, it they were down 10-0.   Remarkably, the Phillies made it a close game, scoring ultimately 10 runs of their own, but fell 12-0.

The loss underscored a potential need for the Phillies: Starting pitching.

So will the Phillies add a starter before the trade deadline hits at 4:00 p.m.?  Will they add any additional bullpen help?  In a trade deadline like no other, here are some things the Phillies could consider.

Starting Pitcher

The Phillies have used six starters so far this season.  Vince Velasquez, who despite saying he "earned" a spot in the starting rotation, was unable to hold the spot in the rotation.  Spencer Howard is a rookie and despite having immense talent, it is totally unclear what he can do for a rotation.   Add Arrieta's inconsistency, and perhaps there is reason to worry.

Making matters worse, the Phillies have four more doubleheaders.  With little wiggle room, could the Phillies trade for a starting pitcher?

Interestingly, two names that the Phillies were often connected to in the past may be available, in Robbie Ray and Mike Minor.  They would represent the only left-handed starter in the Phillies rotation should they join the Phillies.  The Diamondbacks and Rangers could be open to trading either pitcher, both of whom have underwhelmed in 2020 and both of whom are free agents to be.

Bullpen Arm

The Phillies added three relief arms already in David Hale, Brandon Workman, and Heath Hembree.  Would they add more?

The Phillies since the additions lost Jose Alvarez for a period of time still not known.  Ranger Suarez could re-join the Phillies any day now, but what he will give them is somewhat unknown after a possible (we don't know for sure) battle with COVID.

The top relief arm on the market, Trevor Rosenthal, went to the very aggressive San Diego Padres who seem locked in and are getting extra loaded with talent.  It is unclear what other relief arms might be out there and available, with so few teams out of playoff contention.

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes comes up a lot in baseball circles as someone who might be traded.  But would the Red Sox trade a third arm to the Phillies?  That might be difficult to pull off after the prospects that interested the Red Sox might have been moved.

Bat?

Some have suggested the Phillies might add a bat.  Trying to find a place to put the bat might be difficult.  Right now the Phillies likely have used all their position player spots, and upon the return of Jay Bruce might have to subtract one (a Scott Kingery option to the minor leagues?) or subtract a pitcher.

Bruce is currently on the injured list with a sore quad.  It is unclear when he will return.  If he is in doubt and the injury is more serious than otherwise thought, maybe the Phillies would consider adding a left-handed bat.

However, the Phillies offense has been pretty good to this point.

Will The Team Trade?

Nothing specific has been really rumored for the Phillies, but with a playoff appearance within the sights of the Phillies, will it be a good idea?  With limited supply of options, there probably will not be too many deals.  But the Phillies likely will try.

My best projection: The Phillies find a starting pitcher somewhere.  Who? We shall see.


YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #89 - Down, But Not Out

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The YWT Podcast is back and the guys pick up the action in the middle of the Flyers series with the Islanders. This episode was recorded on Sunday morning prior to Game 4 following the Flyers 3-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 3.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso discuss the Flyers struggles in the series with the Islanders, look ahead to Games 4 and 5 and what could be if the Flyers do not rally in the series. They also discuss the absence of the top six in the scoring and look around the NHL at some of the other series in the league.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Podbean

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As always, we want you to follow the podcast on Twitter @YWTpodcast, follow Kevin Durso on Twitter @Kevin_Durso, and follow producer Mike Giletto Jr. on Twitter @Mike_Giletto.


Flyers 5: Takeaways from Game 4 of Flyers-Islanders

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It had been nearly eight months since the Flyers had a true losing streak, where they had lost back-to-back games. In the biggest game of the season, it finally happened.

The Islanders again took control in the third period, scoring twice and holding off the Flyers rally late for a 3-2 win that moved them one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals.

It played out so much like the other games in the series. The Flyers had their moments. The Islanders had more of those moments. They used turnovers and transition plays to their advantage again. And while the Flyers had more shot volume and traffic to the net than in previous games, the goalie who kept them in Game 2 made sure they were in Game 4 and got the result needed.

Here are 5 takeaways from Game 4 of Flyers-Islanders.

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Islanders Score 2 in 3rd, Put Flyers on Brink

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers had not lost back-to-back games since Jan. 7. It was a stat that followed the Flyers around for the entire time in the bubble. In 11 straight games following a loss, the Flyers had found a way to bounce back.

Not this time.

The Islanders scored twice in the third period, helping to put away the Flyers in the game and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series with a 3-2 win on Sunday night.

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Jalen Reagor To Miss Multiple Weeks With Shoulder Injury

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Along with Carson Wentz missing practice on Sunday, the Eagles also suffered a critical injury to one of their draft picks.

What was originally thought to be a wrist injury is not reportedly a shoulder injury per Geoff Mosher of Inside the Birds.

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Phillies Add Moniak to 60-Player Pool Ahead of Trade Deadline

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File this under "Hmm..."  The MLB trade deadline is just about 24 hours away, scheduled for Monday at 4:00 p.m.  The Phillies announced a minor move ahead of the trade deadline: former first overall pick Mickey Moniak is joining the Phillies 60-player pool and will report to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in other seasons.

The "hmm" comes from some rules that apply to the 2020 MLB trade deadline.  Teams may only make trades from their 60-player pool in this season.

Granted, an easy workaround is that the teams making the trade simply announce a traded for "a player to be named later" and that player could be named in the offseason.  But should someone such as Moniak get traded, the acquiring team might like to get a look at him right away.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes that Moniak had been rehabbing a minor knee issue in Clearwater.  It certainly could be that Moniak is just in baseball shape and is joining the camp.   The Phillies have outielders Mikie Mahtook and Kyle Garlick in Allentown.

The Phillies could potentially trade another player other than Moniak, necessitating Moniak's availability.  Should the Phillies make a move with, say, Adam Haseley, the Phillies would only have Roman Quinn and Scott Kingery capable of playing center field.

The Phillies have added three relief pitchers in Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree, and David Hale, but could potentially make more trades before the trade deadline.

Stay tuned.


Carson Wentz Misses Practice, Receiver Leaves Camp With Injury

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The drama heading into practice on Sunday was already high in the wake of Andre Dillard's season-ending injury.

That was overshadowed shortly after practice began as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Wentz was not practicing due to a soft tissue injury.

The good news is that it is considered minor and the team has been extra cautious with key players this preseason, so this should not affect him long-term.

Despite that, it is still something to watch.

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Round 2, Game 4 Preview: Flyers-Islanders

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers came out for Game 3 and looked like a team determined to put the series in their favor in the first period. But for the last two periods, they were utterly dominated by the Islanders, who took it to them in the second and played their typical shut-down style in the third.

That puts the Flyers in a must-win position in Game 4, as they get right back at it on Sunday night. A win evens the series and sets the Flyers up for a best-of-three to decide the winner of the series. A loss puts their backs against the wall with three games for the Islanders to finish off the series.

Game 4 is set for 8 p.m.

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