3 Early season trade chips the Phillies can deal

Sep 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) walks off the field after making the final out during the ninth inning of loss to the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) walks off the field after making the final out during the ninth inning of loss to the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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James Norwood, Phillies
May 9, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher James Norwood (49) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Phillies can trade James Norwood

It’s too early in the season to judge anyone on a broad stat like ERA, but James Norwood is struggling and the Phillies are 5-6 in his games.

Norwood was solid in April, keeping opponents scoreless in six of seven appearances. However, he kicked off the month of May by getting rocked by the New York Mets twice, giving up a combined six earned runs over two appearances in which he only managed to record one out.

Norwood, acquired from the Padres, is young and club-controlled. He won’t be eligible for arbitration until 2024, and won’t hit free agency until 2027. If the Phillies can’t get him to be more consistent, a team with a better pitching staff might want to take a flier on him.

On the other hand, club control is prized in today’s game, and will likely compel the Phillies to keep him.

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