More Phillies trade rumors are coming out with a week until the trade deadline
Phillies trade rumors are as rampant as ever, and now they’re focused in on the Cincinnati Reds bullpen.
Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports the Phillies are among a group of four clubs, including the Braves, inquiring on a handful of Reds bullpen arms.
Highlighting the group is 28-year-old closer Raisel Iglesias, along with Amir Garrett, Jared Hughes, and former Phillie David Hernandez. Morosi says the Reds are less likely to move Garrett, but the other three are readily available.
Iglesias has been electric this season for the Reds despite their early turmoil. He’s pitched in 40 games and saved 19 while holding a 2.30 ERA for Cincinnati.
His asking price should be very high given both his success and controllability. Cincinnati locked Iglesias into a seven-year deal in 2014, leaving him with two more years worth $5,714,285 apiece.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies in 2016 and had an average season at best, throwing with a 3.84 ERA in 70 games. He left in free agency and has found success this year in Cincinnati with a 1.75 ERA in 31 games.
Hughes turned 33 this month and is having a career-year for Cincinnati. In 45 games he has a 1.56 ERA and has held lefties to no home runs and a .227 batting average. He’s struggled to strike out lefties in 83 plate appearances, walking six and punching out just five.
Garrett is a young lefty under control for five more years who owns a 3.47 ERA in 47 games.
Iglesias is the prize of the group with a unique combination of youth, effectiveness, and controllability. Adding him could cost any team multiple prospects, but would the Phillies make that kind of move for a reliever?
We broke down the Ken Giles trade from both the Phillies and Astros perspective last week
Acquiring any reliever mentioned by Morosi in his report would be a major help for the Phillies bullpen. They’ve allowed a better-than-average 4.19 runs per game, but an upgrade is needed if they’re going to make a playoff run.