July 30, 2022
The Phillies got some infield depth on Friday in their first deadline period move, acquiring Edmundo Sosa from the Cardinals.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Katie Woo first reported the trade.
Lefthander JoJo Romero is going to St. Louis in return and was immediately assigned to the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis.
The Phillies have acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero, Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski announced today.— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 30, 2022
In 53 games with the Cardinals this season, Sosa, 26, is hitting .189 with four doubles, three triples, and a .515 OPS. As a fielder – able to move between second, third, and short – he's generating a defensive WAR of 0.8.
Last season, in a much fuller sample size, Sosa appeared in 113 games, batting .271 with eight doubles, four triples, six homers, and a .735 OPS.
While Friday's trade does give the Phillies one more glove off the bench, it does leave the infield pretty crowded right now with Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Didi Gregorius, Johan Camargo, and Yairo Munoz already occupying roster spots. And it will only get more so with Jean Segura on a rehab assignment and likely on his way back very soon (possibly early next week)
Some roster maneuvering is probably ahead, especially if team president Dave Dombrowski has any further ambitions of acquiring more pitching and/or an extra bat.
As for Romero, the Phillies are moving on from yet another once-promising arm.
A fourth-round selection in the 2016 amateur draft, Romero moved his way up the ranks and, at one point, was one of the better arms in the Phillies' farm system. But he couldn't carve out a role for himself once he reached the big-league club.
Romero made 12 appearances in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, pitching 10.2 innings with a 7.59 ERA and 1.406 WHIP.
In 2021, he was tagged for four home runs, a 7.00 ERA, and a 1.778 WHIP through 9.0 innings pitched (11 appearances) before being shut down in late May to get Tommy John surgery. The 25-year old lefty got lost in the shuffle from there.
The Phillies and Cardinals are both 53-47 and battling for the third NL Wild Card spot heading into Saturday's round of games. For now, the playoff spot belongs to the Phils as they hold a tiebreaker over St. Louis, but there's a lot of baseball left to play.
The Phillies also placed righthanded starter Kyle Gibson on the bereavement list Friday and recalled fellow righty Mark Appel from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
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