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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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 28: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Aaron Nola has been phenomenal this year. He has developed and has become a true ace in the league. Jake Arrieta has been solid at 8-6 with a 3.45 ERA. He is not as dominant as some Phillies fans would have hoped, but he has still proven to be a great offseason acquisition.

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Then there’s everyone else. Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez have shown flashes of brilliance, but it’s mainly just been flashes. Eflin is the only one with a sub 4.00 ERA which is mainly thanks to a phenomenal June. But their inconsistency will become a major issue if Gabe Kapler is trying to manage a bullpen that is throwing four or five innings in some games.

So let’s get Jacob DeGrom.

While Chris Archer is also an option, the Rays are asking for the price of a number one pitcher while I view him as a two or three sort of guy. There is no question about DeGrom. With a league-best 1.82 ERA, he also maintains a 0.98 WHIP with a K/9 of 10.67.

The 30 year old is controlled by the Mets through 2020 and while it is reported the Mets do not want to part with him, I say we go all in.

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