Phillies trade rumors: 4 players to keep a close eye on at the trade deadline

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 10: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at AT&T Park on July 10, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 10: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at AT&T Park on July 10, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 07: Jake Diekman #41 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 7, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Jake Diekman

Both Ken Rosenthal and Matt Gelb of The Athletic mentioned Jake Diekman Tuesday morning as a player to watch as the Phillies try to sure up the back end of their bullpen. It’s clear the organization needs another lefty in the bullpen after carrying Adam Morgan and Austin Davis for most of the year. Davis allowed the base hit in the 13th inning that would later score to win the game in Boston.

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Diekman missed most of last season after undergoing multiple colon surgeries, but he’s got a 3.69 ERA in 47 games. Despite being one of the better left-handed pitchers on the trade market Diekman’s splits against lefties aren’t fantastic this season.

vs RH: .190/.284/.300
vs LH: .273/.429/.364

Philadelphia needs someone to shut down left-handed hitters, and I don’t know if Diekman is that guy given his matchups this year.

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A reunion would be nice to see, but Diekman feels like something the Phillies already have in their pen.

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