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July 31, 2019

MLB trade tracker: Phillies lay low, make one move before deadline

UPDATE [4:05 p.m.] — The 4 p.m. trade deadline has come and gone, and as a few deals continue to trickle in it appears the Phillies are content with their "marginal" moves. While the Braves made a big splash making three trades — including one for ace reliever Shane Greene — and the Nationals added a trio of relievers, the Phillies only added outfielder Corey Dickerson. The Mets too made headlines, acquiring Marcus Stroman a few days ago and hanging on to both Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

In the days prior to Wednesday, the Phillies traded for Mets' starter Jason Vargas and inked free agent relievers Blake Parker and Mike Morin. They also picked up Drew Smyly, a left-handed starter who has had the best two first starts for the franchise since Cliff Lee 10 years ago.

For those hoping for Dickerson to become the fifth player ever to play for two different teams in one day, Gabe Kapler has said the newest Phillie will not be in town until Thursday.

UPDATE [2:51 p.m.] — The Phillies have reportedly acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pirates with just over an hour left before the 4 p.m. MLB trade deadline.

The 30-year-old outfielder is a .285 lifetime hitter and was an All Star for the Rays back in 2017. This season, he's hitting .317 in 126 at-bats with 20 runs scored, 25 RBI and a .931 OPS. Still no word on what the Phillies had to give up, but Dickerson is set to be a free agent in the offseason so it might not have been a whole bunch.


The clock is ticking and the Phillies, currently in the playoff picture after downing the Giants Tuesday, may have a move or two left before the 4 p.m. deadline passes.

The pitching landscape has been turned upside-down, with two sub-.500 teams trading for two of the best pitchers on the market — the Mets for Marcus Stroman and the Reds for Trevor Bauer. Both moves were unexpected, and both took a Phillies target off the board.

There are a few big names that remain for the Phillies, should they decide to make a splash. It's worth noting that Philadelphia is expected to make more marginal moves, like the one they made for Jason Vargas, but anything can happen on deadline day and Phillies fans remain pretty optimistic after seeing their team rebound of late. 

While we can't update you on every player of note as the deadline nears, we'll be sure to continue updating this page throughout the day. The Phils are most likely to snatch a pitcher today — though they do have interest in landing a bench bat, third baseman and outfielder to a lesser degree as well.

Here's a look at the latest on some of the big names left on the market:

Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, SP, Reds

After the Mets traded for Stroman, they turned around and sent Jason Vargas to Philadelphia. Will Cincinnati act similarly, with Philly netting Wood (3.30 ERA after one start, returning from injury) or Roark (6-7, 4.24 ERA)?

Robbie Ray, SP, Diamondbacks

Ray is left-handed, has a year of arbitration ahead in 2020 and is 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA this season. He's been liked to the Phillies before — most notably this past offseason. He may be the best the Phillies would be willing to invest in.

Zach Wheeler, SP, Mets and Matthew Boyd, SP Tigers

The Astros seem to be in on both of the above hurlers, though the Phillies would obviously benefit from acquiring either‚ but they'd have to clearly outbid Houston.

Boyd is 6-8 with a 3.94 ERA and under team control until 2023. Wheeler will be a free agent at year's end and has struggled with a 4.71 ERA and 7-6 record — but his career ERA remains 3.89. We should mention here that Noah Syndergaard is also potentially available, but he started last night for the Mets which could me a sign that he is staying put.

Mike Leake, SP, Mariners

Leak is signed through 2020 and has an option for 2021. Given what is noted in the tweet below, he may represent a "marginal upgrade" sort of move. He is 9-8 with a 4.40 ERA in his 10th MLB season.

Mike Minor, SP, Rangers

Minor is probably pitching the best of the starters listed here, posting a 8-6 record and 3.00 ERA for the lackluster Rangers. There hasn't been much buzz about him recently but he could be moved Wednesday as well. He is under team control through the 2020 season and would have obvious appeal to the Phillies if the price is right:

Edwin Diaz, Felipe Vazquez, Raisel Iglesias, Kirby Yates, Shane Greene, RP

The Phillies have obvious interest in acquiring a reliever — but they may avoid the higher priced arms on the market as they are still looking to avoid expending too much by way of prospects this summer.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, Giants

With San Francisco in town this one would be as easy as changing locker rooms — but according to reports Tuesday the Giants seem content to not only keep Bumgarner until he becomes a free agent this fall, but also to add a few pieces around him as they've started to contend over the last few weeks. The Phils likely wouldn't have made the best offer to rent Bumgarner anyway.

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