Why the Phillies should not be passive at the trade deadline

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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies plays shortstop in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies plays shortstop in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 29: Raisel Iglesias #26 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with Curt Casali #38 after the final out in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park on July 29, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The bullpen has improved a lot recently. With the emergence of Seranthony Dominguez (10 SV 2.02 ERA) and Victor Arano (2.31 ERA 1.08 WHIP) and the return of Pat Neshek, who hasn’t given up a run in 10 appearances, the bullpen has become very solid.

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The one thing it does lack is a bonafide closer. While Dominguez has filled the role he doesn’t exactly reflect a typical closer. One on the market is Raisel Iglesias. Since Iglesias isn’t a free agent until 2021, it would make him harder to acquire. He could be worth the asking price. With 20 saves matched with a 2.14 ERA and a WHIP below 1.00 he has become one of the most dominant relievers in the game. The 26-year-old has had an ERA below 2.60 over the past three years since switching to the bullpen. He has totaled 54 saves over the span as well. The length of his contract could lead to a large asking price on the Reds behalf, but he is a very valuable option.

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