Phillies trade rumors: Team still looking for a lefty bat & arm

ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 13: Curtis Granderson #18 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 13, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 13: Curtis Granderson #18 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a single in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 13, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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What’s the latest among Phillies trade rumors with a day until the deadline?

Phillies trade rumors tampered slightly following the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera, but they certainly aren’t dead in the final hours of the non-waiver trade period.

MLB Network insider Jayson Stark said on his weekly segment with Anthony Gargano on 97.5 The Fanatic Monday morning that the Phillies are still active in the trade market. In particular, Stark said the team would like to add a left-handed bat and a left-handed reliever by 4 p.m. on July 31.

The only name brought up by Stark was Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson, who has been linked to the team in recent weeks. The 37-year-old is hitting just .233 with 10 home runs and a .334 on-base percentage, but he’d be a welcomed voice in the clubhouse.

Jon Heyman reported Sunday night Orioles center fielder Adam Jones nixed a trade to Philadelphia. Phillies team president Andy MacPhail acquired Jones from Seattle as a member of the Orioles front office, but Jones appears resolute with the idea of staying in Baltimore for personal reasons.

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The reliever market has been steady thus far and the market continues to bear fruit. Atlanta acquired both Brad Brach and Johnny Venters to bolster their bullpen in recent days. The best southpaw on the market is already gone with Brad Hand going to Cleveland for their number one prospect.

Lefty-specialist Adam Morgan has a 4.76 ERA this season, and Austin Davis had a 1.54 ERA in July before giving up two runs on Saturday.

Pirates lefty Felipe Vazquez could be available, but the Pirates recent run has likely taken them off the sellers market. Zach Duke has a 3.62 ERA for Minnesota this year, and a reunion with Jake Diekman remains possible.

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