Phillies trade rumor: One ace off the market, another added
The Phillies trade rumor mill continues to churn this summer with more interesting notes.
While not a hot name on the Phillies trade rumor mill, Madison Bumgarner was expected to be the hottest starting pitcher available for teams needing an ace. With the Giants recent success, it appears the Giants’ playoff hero won’t be going anywhere.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com Bumgarner is now unlikely to be traded despite being a free agent at the end of the season. After sitting in the National League basement the Giants are a game above .500 and in second place (far behind the Dodgers) in the West.
Philadelphia was reportedly lukewarm on Bumgarner given his lack of controllability beyond this season, though they kept a close eye on him dating back to the winter.
However, as one ace comes off the market, another enters.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the New York Mets are “fully intent” on trading Noah Syndergaard before July 31.
Unlike Bumgarner, Syndergaard is under team control for two more seasons with arbitration eligibility. Philadelphia could have a star-studded crop of pitchers atop their rotation, but are they in the hunt for Thor?
It’s unlikely the Mets deal Syndergaard to Philadelphia unless they’re blown away with a package of young players. On the flipside, would the Phillies want to trade a treasure trove of prospects to the Mets?
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As we mentioned in the 10 year anniversary of the original Cliff Lee trade, prospects are nothing more than a shot in the dark. One of the four prospects (Carlos Carrasco) traded to Cleveland materialized into a big league player. Does that mean the Phillies should ship the likes of Alec Bohm, Adonis Medina, or Spencer Howard to the Queens?
Bohm is likely untouchable in any deal unless the Phillies can get an everyday third baseman in return. He’s the most anticipated Phillies third base prospect since Scott Rolen and he’s moving quickly through the farm system.
I believe it’s very unlikely the Phillies do anything more than call Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to price check Syndergaard. The Phillies absolutely need a starting pitcher, but not at the price Syndergaard will cost.